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Perky the Lucky Duck

January 29th, 2007 by Mike Vasilinda


A ring-necked duck nicknamed Perky is garnering international fame after surviving at least three brushes with death. Perky was shot, left for dead in a refrigerator, then, As Mike Vasilinda reports, stopped breathing while a vet repaired her broken wing.

Hear it here: Duck of the Dead

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Perky spends most of her time huddled in the corner of her cage on a heating pad. She was shot by a hunter January 15 and spent the next two days his refrigerator until his wife discovered that Perky was still alive. Noni Beck has been caring for the duck ever since.

She would normally be outside now, so that the cold doesnt really surprise me that she made it through. You know? I guess theres enough oxygen in the refrigerator to keep the ducking going, so says Beck.

The ducks story has traveled around our daffy world. T-shirts went on sale with the cash going to wildlife rehab. Then it appeared Perky was no longer such a lucky duck.It was while Perky was being operated on over the weekend to have her broken wing fixed that she stopped breathing temporarily.

She looked dead says Doctor David Hale who performed the operation. But then, he says Probably 30 seconds later, you know, up comes the head and her little wings start to move and lucky the duck does what lucky the duck does so well.

So there she sits: safe and sound, recovering from a broken wing. The prognosis is good in every way, Beck says Its just a very quiet little bird, with just a strong will to live. But it is highly unlikely Perky will ever return to the wild.

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