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Reykjavík City Urged to Hire “Duckling Father”

According to a new report on the situation of bird life on the Reykjavík Pond and the bird reserve in the nearby Vatnsmýrin district, ducks are having a hard time nesting in the city. The City Council is thus urged to hire a duck caretaker.

The report states that not a single duckling that was hatched in the area last summer survived and the past three years have been extremely rough for the city birds. Only graylags seem to be breeding fine, Fréttabladid reports.

Other bird species suffer from lack of food, lack of breeding grounds due to construction and predators eating their eggs and chicks. The report says the situation is unacceptable and that it is remarkable how indifferent city authorities are towards the birds which are such an important part of the life in the city.

Thus the report recommends hiring some sort of a “father duckling,” a caretaker who is responsible for protecting the birds in the reserve during the nestling season, feed the ducklings in summer and prevent the killing of chicks.

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