Thursday, February 1, 2007

Perky the Lucky Duck

Hi All! I got this info from Garnet and Gold, Tallahassee's only locally owned shop for FSU apparel. This little duck went from her migratory flight seeking the warm climate of Florida to being shot, retrieved by a dog, hung upside down, assumed dead and put in a refrigerator. However, two days later when the hunter’s wife opened the refrigerator, the duck, now named Perky, lifted her head and looked up at her. The hunter’s wife immediately called her daughter to take the duck to the vet, which directed her to Goose Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, Inc. (GCWS.) Perky had an infection in her broken wing, a broken leg and pellet wounds.

But this little duck wouldn’t give up. This past weekend, Perky was stable enough to undergo surgery to place a pin in her wing. During her surgery, she had stopped breathing not once, but twice, and with a heavy heart, the attending veterinarian pronounced her dead. About 10 seconds later, Perky shocked everyone by inhaling deeply and once again began breathing on her own. Under the care of GCWS she is resting and recovering from her injuries.

Since it is unlikely Perky will be able to be returned to the wild, upon completion of her recovery, GCWS will evaluate her progress and place her in a permanent facility with natural habitat so she can live her life as normal as possible. As Dr. Hale, a veterinarian at Cross Creek Animal Hospital said, “This is an extremely tough duck with a lot of spirit to live.” She’s a very lucky duck! Once her story was heard, she became famous around the world.

Here’s your chance to show your support! For a minimum contribution of $16, you can have your very own “Lucky Duck” t-shirt. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this shirt will go directly to wildlife rehabilitation expenses. Goose Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife. They are staffed entirely by volunteers and operating from donations and fundraisers. All financial contributions to help this lucky duck and other wildlife’s recovery expenses are greatly appreciated. Click here to order your shirt!

1 comment:

gg11708 Perkins said...

Greetings. We had the opportunity to meet Perky yesterday at the Tallahassee Museum. It is a great story of survival, determination and human compassion! It also provided an opportunity to have a conversation with the girls why animal life is killed and eaten for food. They are also learning how important it is to be good stewards of the earth and environment and the importance of volunteers. I would love to have a shirt or iron on for myself or the girls. However, at this time, I do not have the funds to donate/purchase. Many thanks to all volunteers.
God Bless.
Kathy
kandd81@hotmail.com