FAIRLAWN: A group of good Samaritans, including police officers and city workers, saved the life of a wayward duck Tuesday morning found dangling from a tree.
The male mallard was spotted ensnared in string hanging from one of two kites stuck in a tree around 8 a.m. in Croghan Park. Fairlawn Police Officer Thomas Pengal said a woman walking her dogs in the park called for help.
“We responded and found a duck about 8 feet off the ground,” he said. “It had probably been there some time because it was exhausted.”
Pengal said the city’s Street Department was called, with Supervisor Mark Miller and employee Scott Testa leading the rescue effort.
Using a ladder, Miller held onto the bird while Testa cut the string. The bird was so tired it didn’t even try to peck them, said Pengal, who has some experience with the species.
“I raised mallards as a kid growing up on a Geauga County farm,” he said.
The duck was taken to Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital in Copley Township to see if it had suffered serious injury.
“I kept it cradled in my arms on the way to Metro,” Miller said. “I didn’t think the wing was broken, but I didn’t want to put it in a box and have it bump around.”
The bird then was transferred to Dr. Gary Riggs of NorthCoast Bird & Exotic Specialties at Barberton Veterinary Clinic. Riggs said the duck appeared to be more bruised than anything else.
“We’ll give it some anti-inflammatories, a night in a hotel and it will be ready to roll,” Riggs said.
The bird will be sent to a wildlife rehabilitation specialist for a few days before it is released back into the wild.
Kathy Antoniotti can be reached at 330-996-3565 or firstname.lastname@example.org.