Sunday, January 21, 2007

Duck Me!

Hello There My Friends

I went for a lovely walk on Monday last week with my Mum (72 years young almost) and we bought some duck food along the way to entice the varieties of geese and ducks and wild birds during our walk around Etherow Country Park.

At one stage we stopped at the top of an embankment to toss duck food into the water and down the banking where there were a mirriad of birds. One pure white duck scrambled out of the water and started to stride and waddle up the steep slope to the path. He was so tame I couldnt believe it and so I placed some of the remaining duck food in my hand and stretched out my palm. To my utter delight and amazement the duck began to softly peck the seed from my palm ! So we nicknamed him Charlie (after the late Charlie Drake) - he was just as much of a star!

I noticed the following story in the BBC News and it reminded me of Charlie - hope he nevers suffers the same fate:

Duck Survives Two Days In Fridge
Duck - file photo
Duck hunting season is underway in Florida

A duck in the US state of Florida has survived gunshot wounds and a two-day stint in a refrigerator.

A hunter shot the duck, wounding it in the wing and leg. Believing the bird was dead, he left it in his fridge at his home in Tallahassee.

The hunter's wife got a fright when she opened the fridge and the duck lifted its head, a local veterinarian said.

Staff at the Goose Creek Animal Sanctuary who are treating the bird said it has a 75% chance of survival.

The plucky duck was taken first to a local animal hospital, and then to an animal sanctuary for more specialised treatment.

A veterinarian at the sanctuary said he thinks the duck will live, but will probably never be well enough to be released into the wild.

The veterinarian, David Hale, said the duck's low metabolism rate helped it survive its time in the refrigerator, the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper reported.

"This is an extremely tough duck with a lot of spirit to live," he said. "This shows how tough and adaptable wildlife are".

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