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ST. PETERSBURGFIREFIGHTERS RESCUE A LUCKY DUCKYou've heard of firefighters pulling a cat from a tree, but a duck from a drier vent?Tuesday morning Paul Smith, 56, said he heard an unusual noise— quacking, to be precise— in his garage. Smith found a beak sticking out of a dryer vent. It was attached to a duck."Its head was just bobbing up and down," Smith said. "I didn't know whether they could bite or not."Firefighters used tin snips to free the duck, which waddled off to nearby Crescent Lake. Smith and firefighters presume the duck flew onto the roof and went down the drier vent Santa-style.

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Fallen bald eaglet is euthanized

One of two eaglets that fell about 60 feet from a Dunedin tree last week has died.

Their nest, designated Pinellas Nest No. 20, collapsed April 4 due to age and wear, sending the still-flightless 8-week-old chick tumbling to the ground. Its sibling fell the next day.

The chick suffered from a leg fracture, said Dianna Flynt, the rehabilitation supervisor at the Audubon Society Birds of Prey Sanctuary in Maitland, where the bird was given medical care.

It was euthanized after it wasn't healing, and an additional fracture was discovered after more X-rays were taken.

The nest came to be known as "Hoover's nest" in February after a days-old orphan eaglet was placed in the nest by the Audubon Society.

Arno Beken, who lives in the house below the 65-foot pine where the nest used to be, said he suspected that the recently deceased bird is not Hoover. Hoover is several days older and larger than the other two chicks, Beken said. The second bird that fell from the nest is beginning to fly, Flynt said.

ST. PETERSBURGFIREFIGHTERS RESCUE A LUCKY DUCKYou've heard of firefighters pulling a cat from a tree, but a duck from a drier vent?Tuesday morning Paul Smith, 56, said he heard an unusual noise— quacking, to be precise— in his garage. Smith found a beak sticking out of a dryer vent. It was attached to a duck."Its head was just bobbing up and down," Smith said. "I didn't know whether they could bite or not."Firefighters used tin snips to free the duck, which waddled off to nearby Crescent Lake. Smith and firefighters presume the duck flew onto the roof and went down the drier vent Santa-style. 04/13/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 10:06am]
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