Meet Po; a New Zealand scaup who will now have a new home at Ngā Manu. Scaup are also known as a black teal and their Māori name is pāpango. Po has been rescued by Judi Smith of Taupo Bird Rescue after being found as a struggling, 4 week old duckling at Three Mile Bay in Taupo. She had a nasty eye infection and had difficulty breathing and was treated with antibiotics.
Judi cared for Po through the support of Wild Wings – a charity op shop in Greenmeadows Shopping Area in Napier that is run by volunteers and raises funds to help birds of all species. An eye ointment healed the eye infection but unfortunately Po remained blind in the affected eye and the partial site meant that she would not survive in the wild and so could not be released. After 3 months of care and rehabilitation Po grew into a healthy duck and Judi needed to find a safe new home and we were happy to help.
Scaup are diving ducks and spend a lot of time underwater foraging and the dive tank at Ngā Manu will provide a wonderful new home for Po. Po was kept in quarantine for a short time, before being introduced to a companion and today was carefully introduced to our other Scaup. The ducks have been observed at all times while new introductions have been taking place and Po seems very settled already which is wonderful. We are glad to have been able to provide a happy new home for Po.