Neither gunfire nor two days in a refrigerator could slay this duck.

When the wife of the hunter who shot it opened the refrigerator door, the duck lifted its head, giving her a scare.

The man’s wife “was going to check on the refrigerator because it hadn’t been working right and when she opened the door, it looked up at her,” said Laina Whipple, a receptionist at Killearn Animal Hospital. “She freaked out and told the daughter to take it to the hospital right then and there.”

The 1-pound female ring-neck ended up at Goose Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, where it has been treated since Tuesday for wounds to its wing and leg.

When you read such stories, try not to ask too many questions. If their intent was to kill the duck, why are they trying to save it? If they prefer animal rescue, why did they shoot it? Or maybe there weren’t any disabled ducks handy to rescue, so they…. See, I told you not to ask too many questions.

  1. Lauren the Ghoti says:

    You’re confounding the actions of two parties here, old bean.

    “If their intent was to kill the duck, why are they trying to save it?”

    Uh-uh. They didn’t shoot the duck, he did.

    “If they prefer animal rescue, why did they shoot it?”

    Uh-uh encore. They didn’t say “take the duck to the vet,” she did.

    Guy goes out, shoots duck, falsely assumes duck is now ex-duck.
    Guy brings duck home while wife not home.
    Guy goes away.
    Wife comes home, opens fridge, freaks.
    Not knowing non-ex-duck’s backstory, wife dispatches non-ex-duck to duck-doc.

    See? Easily explained…

  2. KB says:

    #1, but apparently she was willing to cook it….

    [and it was in the fridge two days for Christ’s sake]

  3. ChrisMac says:

    Men: Hunter/Gatherers
    Women: Nurturers

    Seems simple enough.. Right on #1

  4. andy says:

    maybe they just think that any duck that can survive a gunshot wound and spending 2 days in the chillchest deserves a second chance at life.

  5. joshua says:

    everyone deserves a second chance(almost) 🙂

  6. Les Hildenbrandt says:

    As I said on another board. He didn’t gut the bird for two days? Yuck, that was going to be one bad tasting bird.

  7. Slappy says:

    #6 A good orange sauce can cover that up.

  8. Lauren the Ghoti says:

    #6 –
    The story said he was a hunter – it didn’t say anything about him being a smart hunter…

    (who knows how long he mighta left it in there if the wife hadn’t looked in?)

  9. tallwookie says:

    Sounds like somone is going to be sued for Cruelty to Animals

  10. ChrisMac says:

    Sounds like HE didn’t know the fridge was broke.

  11. Booya says:

    I think the hunter needs to be “winged” and put in a fridge.

  12. George of the city says:

    Something odd about this story. I have never heard of a hunter putting game in a refrigerator without removing the feathers and head.

  13. Stu Mulne says:

    I’m not a hunter….

    I am a shooter though – the guys at the Rod & Gun Club are after me to get rid of my Lincoln and buy a dualie….

    It appears to be not at all uncommon to refrigerate a “kill” before it can be dressed if there are time issues. (Like wanting to get out and kill more ducks I suppose….)

    With an air supply and moderate temperatures I would think that the duck could have survived for a couple days – the cold may have helped a little by slowing it’s metabolism too.

    Definitely a strange one though.

    (Not to start a flame war but I have no problem with hunting. I just don’t do it. I enjoy killing paper…. And self-defense….)



  14. noname says:

    What about the duck? How confused do think the duck is?

  15. Platypibri says:

    This is Charlotte’s Web syndrome. Last night it was bacon, today it’s “some pig”. Even if I had shot the duck myself, the will to live of this particular duck would have been impressive enough to take him to the animal hospital.

  16. RTaylor says:

    A good duck is makes a great meal. A farm raised duck has a milder taste. Most duck is overcooked. It should be served medium rare, or it gets too tough. Don’t get me started on geese.

  17. Dick Cheney says:

    Their only mistake was not killing another few hundred ducks.

  18. someguy says:

    #8 there is no such thing as a “smart hunter” just rednecks with weapons.

  19. Slappy says:

    #18 Just because you don’t eat meat doesn’t mean you have to take it out on the rest of us.

  20. Froggmann says:

    For those questions posed I simply have one answer. If the duck got shot and lived 2 days in the freezer then it has suffered enough and has earned it’s life back. Now for the rest it’s dinner time.

  21. Charliehorse43 says:

    This all sounds very strange to me. I have not hunted since I was a kid, but my dad always made sure that the Ducks etc were dead as soon as he got to it. Ever this was a very inexperienced hunter or this is an Urban Legend that is getting past off as real.

  22. Chris Eaton says:

    I am impressed. It took 17 comments before someone decided to make fun of a Republican, and 18 before the topic turned into a rant about how non-hunters are smarter than hunters.

  23. OmarThe Alien says:

    Fix the duck, return it to the wild, it will enrich it’s species gene pool. Humanity will not likely last another five thousand years, and our successors need to start toughening up now. Ducks are cool, and who says the dominant species has to be sentient? The dinosaurs did a pretty good job, tear assing around until the asteroid snuffed them. Humans are cool that way, it’ll not be a natural calamity that does us in, we’ll do it to ouselves.

  24. joshua says:

    #14….that Duck is gonna need therapy.


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