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'Lucky' Muscovy duck on mend after arrow removed

TARPON SPRINGS — The male Muscovy duck that was rescued Thursday after being shot with an arrow is on the mend and has a new home.

"The arrow luckily went through the butt, the rump, the back part, and it missed any kind of intestines or organs," said Michelle Simoneau, a spokeswoman for Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary.

"He was very lucky," she said.

And that's exactly what he'll be called: Lucky.

Sanctuary director Ralph Heath is adopting the bird and picked out the name.

"That's definitely a lucky duck," Heath said. "That arrow, I'm sure it could have gone an inch in any direction and it would have been fatal."

Lucky the duck will join dozens of other birds — mostly rescued pigeons and doves — that Heath cares for at his home, he said.

The dark-colored duck with the red face and an arrow protruding from his tail was first spotted by residents of the Meadows mobile home park on Anclote Boulevard on Wednesday.

Thursday afternoon, it took a trapper and sanctuary volunteers just more than a half hour to net the bird after shooing it onto shore from the lake where it had taken refuge. Simoneau said the duck's wound likely would have become infected had he not been rescued.

Tarpon Springs police, who are investigating, said they have not found any witnesses to the incident.

Muscovies, which are not native to Florida, have a reputation for being aggressive, messy and loud.

Regardless, Heath said, anyone who would harm a defenseless bird is "lower than duck poop."

Help find attacker

Tarpon Springs police ask anyone who witnessed the duck being injured to call the department at (727) 938-2849.

'Lucky' Muscovy duck on mend after arrow removed 01/21/11 [Last modified: Friday, January 21, 2011 11:06pm]
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