Dirty Duck Forced To Have Penis Removed After Mating 10 Times A Day
A randy duck's penis had to be removed after it became 'traumatised' - because he tried to mate with his female pals 10 times a day. Let this be a warning.
Owner Josh Watson claims 'over-amorous' Dave the duck's member became injured and infected after refusing to stop mating with his pals Dora, Freda and Edith.
The vet prescribed antibiotics and painkillers for Dave in October and told Josh, 39, and his partner to wash the duck's penis daily and push it back in twice a day.
However the 'nymphomaniac' pet refused to give up his hobby and their vet was forced to refer him to the exotic species department at Highcroft Veterinary Hospital in Bristol.
And as soon as the vets saw Dave's d**ky dilemma they knew there was only one thing that could be done - and last Thursday his penis was surgically removed.
Even though Dave now only has a centimetre left of his 'unusable' penis, he can still urinate as ducks only use them for mating.
Josh, from Torquay, Devon, said: "He's doing fine now, he's quite resilient for a duck. The only downfall is that he's lost his willy. I think he feels pretty upset about it. I think he's a nymphomaniac. He's got a high sex drive basically. So I think that's what caused it.
"He tries to mate with his female companions a lot. Every chance he can get. I'd say between five and ten times a day, maybe more. It's not even mating season at the moment and obviously over mating season he gets more of a drive to do it.
"He doesn't stop throughout the year. Over winter he's meant to calm down. The ducks stop laying eggs but he doesn't stop mating. He just carries on. I think his female companions do like him. They obviously sometimes get fed up with him and wander off.
"He does try at every available opportunity but sometimes he gets turned down. One of them really doesn't like him probably because of that. But the other two are quite receptive."
Since returning from Bristol, Dave has been separated from his fellow ducks to fully recover after his surgery.
Dental service engineer Josh says his and his partner's four three-year-old ducks no longer lay as many eggs as they used to and have become pets.
The ducks spend their days on the couple's big lawn and in an enclosure at the top of the garden at night. Josh added: "The end of his penis had basically died and it was pretty horrific. It looked weird - it was quite worrying.
"It started not going in and we'd give him a bath to keep it clean but then the tip started going gangrenous and getting infected so that's when we had to take him into the vet.
"He hasn't actually mixed in back with the females yet so I don't know if he's tried to have a go or not. I don't know whether he would do."
Vet Sonya Miles, who operated on Dave, said some 'overuse and him being far too amorous' had caused his penis to prolapse before he injured it and it became infected.
The 31-year-old said if they hadn't removed Dave's penis the infection could have spread elsewhere in his body and put his life at risk.
Sonya, from Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, said Dave would have been in quite a lot of pain and discomfort if it hadn't been picked up and that it's a common injury among drakes.
Sonya said: "It turns out Dave had been over-amorous with the ladies that he lives with which had caused his penis to prolapse. This resulted in his penis getting traumatised and then pretty infected. He'd basically injured the tip of his penis and had a wound on it that had got infected.
"Normally it goes back inside him once he's finished [mating] but it stayed out and obviously when it's out it's bashed and stood on and pecked at and god knows what.
"Female ducks can actually be quite aggressive and if they don't want his attention then they will peck at anything including his penis. I think [his penis] took the brunt of it unfortunately. It's brutal.
"Even though I don't have a penis it sort of still makes you want to cross your legs. All of us knew that as soon as we saw it there was really only one thing we could do and that was to remove it before it got any worse.
"He won't be able to successfully breed which isn't a problem for the way he is kept but it means he'll lead maybe a slightly joyless life in comparison [to before].
"I imagine once he realises what he's missing he may be slightly more concerned. He'll definitely still try to mate. It's not going to stop him. But at the end of the day it's not going to stop him having a completely normal life. It's not going to bother him too much."
Well, it looks like there's not much rest for poor Dora, Freda and Edith.
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