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Quack-thinking builders to rescue of injured Hornchurch duck

PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 July 2015

Builders have saved an Indian Runner Duck after it injured itself at a property they are working on in Hornchurch. Joe Johnson, Aaron and Nigel Uglow with the injured Bonkers

Builders have saved an Indian Runner Duck after it injured itself at a property they are working on in Hornchurch. Joe Johnson, Aaron and Nigel Uglow with the injured Bonkers

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An accident could have ended much worse if it wasn’t for a trio of quick thinking and kind hearted builders.

Builders have saved an Indian Runner Duck after it injured itself at a property they are working on in HornchurchBuilders have saved an Indian Runner Duck after it injured itself at a property they are working on in Hornchurch

When a man’s beloved Indian runner duck, Bonkers, slipped and cut her leg quite badly it was the fast action of a young workman who was working on the house which stopped the wound from becoming more serious.

Aaron Uglow, 24, called the owner, Kevin Tonks, 30, who told him to apply pressure to the cut.

Within 10 minutes Aaron and his colleagues, Nigel Uglow, 57, and Joe Johnson, 24, had bundled into a van and were heading to an emergency vet’s in Brentwood with Bonkers in a box.

“When people recommend builders or workmen for a job and say they will do the little extra bits, I don’t think anyone will be able to beat these guys and what they did for me and Bonkers,” said Kevin, of Northumberland Avenue, Hornchurch.

Builders have saved an Indian Runner Duck after it injured itself at a property they are working on in Hornchurch. Builders Nigel and Aaron Uglow with duck owner Kevin TonksBuilders have saved an Indian Runner Duck after it injured itself at a property they are working on in Hornchurch. Builders Nigel and Aaron Uglow with duck owner Kevin Tonks

“They guys left her at the vet’s clinic to have stitches, get bandaged up and recover, and they returned to my house to continue with the refitting of the bathroom.”

Kevin, who works in the finance department of an international trading company, has another duck called Skittles and he’s owned the birds since he moved to the house four years ago.

“The guys from Men in Boots thought they were great,” He added.

“They love to roam around the garden so when the builders asked if I wanted them to be let out while they were working of course I said yes.”

Despite a skip being hired for the rubble it became full very quickly so some waste had to be put in the garden temporarily and this proved a treacherous terrain for the ducks.

“They have a tendency to go digging through the mud and stones and that’s how Bonkers slipped.”

A few days on from the incident she had her bandage removed and is healing well, although she is still limping a little bit.

Kevin had hired the Men in Boots, whose company motto is “no job is too big”, to refit his bathroom and kitchen and build an extension but the effort they put in was more than he ever expected.


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