The boss of a North-east animal rescue charity has spoken out after a duck could not be saved.
The New Arc had been called to Newburgh beach on Tuesday after a tourist spotted the long-tailed duck in distress.
It sadly died despite the group’s best efforts.
But now its manager Keith Marley has urged members of the public to alert someone as soon as possible if they see an animal in need of help.
While he was making his way to the duck’s location, locals had offered him directions. They had seen the animal but not called for advice.
Keith said: “Every second counts.
“I passed a few people on the way there, who were there enjoying nature and taking photographs, but they hadn’t phoned anybody. It’s quite disturbing. We can’t guarantee anything, but as soon as you see an animal you need to be phoning someone for advice.
“We are always happy to assess a situation. If an animal isn’t trying to get away from you, there is a good chance that something serious has happened.”