The arrow in this duck’s neck is now gone. Pinellas County Animal Services and Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation in Bradenton teamed up to rescue Quackers from a pond in St. Petersburg.
Photo courtesy of PINELLAS COUNTY COMMUNICATIONS
A hole remains where an arrow pierced this duck’s neck. The arrow was surgically removed by Animal Services’ Director of veterinary services Dr. Caroline Thomas.
LARGO - After getting word that a duck with an arrow through its neck had been sighted several times over the past several weeks, Pinellas County Animal Control Officer John Hobson joined forces with Damen Hurd and Derrick Ross of Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation in Bradenton to try to rescue the wounded fowl.
On Thursday, Oct. 18, the three went to the pond in St. Petersburg where the wounded duck had been sighted. They were able to rescue the duck and Hobson took it to Animal Services in Largo.
Animal Services’ Director of veterinary services, Dr. Caroline Thomas, took over from there. X-rays were taken with the help of staff at St. Petersburg College for Veterinary Assistant Services, located next to Animal Services on Ulmerton Road. The college is in a collaborative partnership with Animal Services.
Thomas performed surgery Friday, Oct. 19, successfully removing the arrow.
“While the injury was quite severe and the surgery was complicated, I feel comfortable that the duck will make a full recovery,” Thomas said.
The duck, now affectionately referred to by the volunteers and staff as Quackers, was in guarded condition and the post-op recovery appeared to be going well. Quackers later transferred to Loving Care Animal Hospital in Largo for post-operative care.
Pinellas County Animal Services is located at 12450 Ulmerton Road in Largo. Normal hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the adoption center closing at 4:30 p.m. The adoption center is also open the first and third Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon. To reclaim a lost pet, visit the shelter between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. The facility is closed Sunday and holidays.
For news on how to adopt, donate or volunteer, join Pinellas County Animal Services on Facebook. To learn more about the shelter, visit www.pinellascounty.org/animalservices or call 582-2600. The lost or found pets hotline number is 582-2604.