HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Deborah Tamura often walks through Waikiki’s Kapiolani Park.
“I come here just to relax, see the ducks and enjoy nature,” she said Thursday evening, as she stood by the ponds near the iconic bandstand.
But more than a month ago, the peace of an evening stroll was shattered by a sad sight: Dead ducks.
Since then, Tamura said she and her friends have removed more than 50 dead or sick ducks from the park. And no one knows why the birds are becoming ill.
“We can’t just walk away and see an animal suffering,” Tamura said. “Now it’s getting worse again."
She has been taking them to a veterinarian who specializes in birds, or the Hawaiian Humane Society.
On Thursday evening, she found one dead and three sick birds. On another recent day, she took in more than 16.
The humane society confirms that it has received a number of sick and dead ducks from the area. None of those ill birds have survived.
“They are gasping for air and you know that is when they are on their last leg,” Tamura said.
She doesn’t want to guess on what is causing the birds’ deaths, but she is hoping something can be done about it.
“Please, please just do something. I don’t know when this nightmare is going to end.”
Both the state and city say they are looking into the matter.