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Plucky duck survives another brush with death

January 29th, 2007, 03:56 PM
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) -- Perky is one tough bird.

The ring-neck duck survived being shot and spending two days in a hunter's refrigerator -- and now she's had a close brush with death on a veterinarian's operating table.

The one-pound female duck stopped breathing Saturday during surgery to repair gunshot damage to one wing, said Noni Beck of the Goose Creek Wildlife Sanctuary. (Watch Perky the duck live up to its name )

Veterinarian David Hale revived the bird after several tense moments by performing CPR.

"I started crying, 'She's alive!"' Beck said.

Perky entered the headlines last week after a hunter's wife opened her refrigerator door and the should've-been-dead duck lifted its head and looked at her. The bird had been in the fridge for two days since being shot and presumed killed January 15. (Watch Perky after her first survival feat )

Perky is recovering with a pin installed in the fractured wing, and probably will not have more surgery because of her sensitivity to anesthesia, Hale said.

January 29th, 2007, 04:21 PM
Heidi,I read about that in my Toronto Star this morning,he was one lucky duck,not to be shot,but to be rescued by the wife:thumbs up

January 29th, 2007, 04:25 PM
I know,what a story i wonder who is gonna keep him,what a cutie he is and so lucky..I hate hunters.......