Stuck duck rescued by Fire Department

Published: May 15, 2007 | 6207th good news item since 2003

A duck with an arrow protruding from her body was rescued from the canal near 1st Street and Avenue A.

The hen was swimming while wounded, followed by her two ducklings. A concerned citizen called the Yuma Fire Department at 8:30 a.m. Monday, according to a YFD news release.

“The potential was there for … people who might have been tempted to try and rescue it,” said YFD spokesman Mike Erfert. “We have the people in place and the equipment to rescue it quickly and safely.”

He said an amateur rescue could have been very dangerous and had serious consequences.

Erfert said rescuers swam close to the duck and used a net to capture her. He said the ducklings quickly swam away, but since they were not young ducklings, he said, they should be fine without their mother because “it’s about time to be on their own.”

The duck was turned over to Arizona Game and Fish personnel for treatment.

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