Wounded duck rescued, treated for arrow injury
PALMETTO BAY, Fla. (WSVN) -- The Muscovy duck that was found impaled with an arrow by a South Florida resident is finally being treated for its injury, Tuesday.
Calls flooded in minutes after 7News first aired the story about how Natalie Kline, the Palmetto Bay resident who has cared daily for Muscovy ducks near a canal in her neighborhood, came upon the feathery victim on Sunday. She said the Florida Fish Wildlife Conservation declined to help the feathery victim because it is not a native species to South Florida.
Shortly after 7News first aired the story, the South Florida Wildlife Center, a nonprofit wildlife hospital based in Fort Lauderdale, came in and retrieved the duck. "Thanks to you guys, Channel 7," Kline said.
It wasn't too difficult for wildlife rescuer Robbie Ruderman to snag the injured female bird. "This is an act of cruelty, which is horrible to see," he said.
Kline was feeding the ducks behind her home on Sunday when she noticed one of them had an arrow protruding from its body. The arrow went through its wing and into its body, making the animal unable to fly. "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 would 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, who had put up some posters around the neighborhood hoping someone will come to the animal's aid, is grateful that her efforts resulted in the animal's rescue. "It wouldn't have survived out here like that," she said. "It really just need someone to take that thing out."
Ruderman said the duck is in pain. "Well, it's very possible [the arrow] did puncture some organs," he said. "She'll be incredibly lucky if it did not."
Ruderman wrapped the duck in towels and loaded into his animal ambulance. It was brought to Fort Lauderdale, where vets will X-ray and treat the animal.
7News contacted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. They explained they would not treat it because Muscovy ducks are not native to Florida.
Ruderman said the animal is not aggressive in nature. "It's absolutely heartbreaking," he said. "Muscovy ducks, they're very, very sweet animals. They really are."
Kline has a message to the person who shot the duck. "You are a horrible person ... have you ever heard of karma?"
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