Woman finds wounded duck with arrow
PALMETTO BAY, Fla. (WSVN) -- A Palmetto Bay resident is concerned for a duck she found with an arrow sticking out of its side, and, she said, the Florida Fish Wildlife Conservation denied to help the duck.
Natalie Kline has cared daily for Muscovy ducks near a canal in her Palmetto Bay neighborhood.
Kline said she was feeding the ducks that swim in the canal behind her home on Sunday when she noticed that one of them had an arrow sticking out of it. The arrow had pierced the left side of the duck, with the end of the arrow coming out from its chest. "It's horrific. I was horrified when it came out of the bush with that thing sticking out," said Kline.
Kline had hoped someone would come to remove the arrow and called for help to at least 15 places. However, no one will come out because Muscovy ducks are non-native to Florida, and local government agencies only assist native wildlife. "It's hard because they don't consider it ... I guess an animal," she said. "I don't know, I feel like they think its garbage or something, like its a piece of garbage, and the first thing they said to me, 'Oh, it's a duck,' ... like who cares."
Kline put up some posters around the neighborhood hoping someone will come to the animal's aid. "I just want someone to get this thing out of it," she said.
7News contacted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. They explained they would not treat it because Muscovy ducks are not native to Florida.
Kline has a message to the person who shot the duck. "You are a horrible person ... have you ever heard of karma?"
Since 7News first aired the story, a wildlife group from Fort Lauderdale has taken interest in helping the duck.
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