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This Duck Had No Luck

This duck tale doesn't have a happy ending.

Why did the ducks cross the road? We don't know, and it doesn't really matter. Point is, one duck had no luck in Rancho Santa Margarita.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department was notified Thursday that a duck got hit in the intersection of Santa Margarita Parkway and Avenida de las Fundadores. The victim was a hardy duck and didn't die right away, according to the blotter of the OCSD.

Because it was still alive, hanging onto dear life, the good residents of RSM swerved to avoid hitting the duck and putting it out of its misery.

Compounding the issue, there were also other ducks in the intersection, creating additional obstacles on the asphalt pond.

It took about 10 minutes, but the ducks eventually made it through the intersection—though there's no indication why they didn't simply fly away. Sadly, the duck that was initially hit didn't live to continue the journey.

A caller reported that a silver Toyota pickup appeared to be speeding and hit the duck that eventually died.

This report was culled from the Orange County Sheriff's website. Not all facts in each report are made public; the outcome of the report and the facts may differ from the original blotter item. There should be no assumption of guilt based on this limited information.

Martin Henderson (Editor) February 18, 2013 at 08:20 AM
According to a witness, Nicole, the event was somewhat different from the report. A small group of geese walked into the street from the opposite side of the witness, who flagged down cars to slow down through the intersection. Nicole crossed to the island and met the geese in the center of the road, and began guiding the geese with bread in front of a full audience of kids and families. "We were almost to the sidewalk, when all of a sudden, one of the stopped cars stepped on the gas and full speed aimed for the last goose and killed him in front of all of us," Nicole said. The goose, although drug under the car a short distance, was still alive. The car sped away. Traffic backed up. A sheriff's cruiser approached and assisted, halting traffic for more geese that were still coming from the opposite side. The goose walking with the now dead goose, was crying out on the sidewalk. "That was a sight in itself, to see the other goose suffering," Nicole said. The passerby and deputy—who said she grew up on a farm—herded the geese through the intersection. "Once we got them safely across, I took my bread and guided them down to the water, so they would be away from the major street," Nicole said. "The poor children who witnessed this event were so sad. Adults were crying, me being one of them. I just couldn't believe that someone could actually do that." The goose was moved from the street to the sidewalk for pickup by Animal Control.
Amanda LaRosa February 18, 2013 at 05:27 PM
This tragic episode wll stay with each person involved a lifetime. Perhaps it will be serve as an unfortunate lesson that people cannot be always counted on to do the right thing. Put another way, for all of the good Samaritans among us are people with no conscience, people who have been hurt in life and choose to continue that behavior rather than take the more difficult road of resistance and turning away from it. I hope some day that driver faces what he/she did, whether from the law or by a change of heart. Evil is a choice.
Patsy Morris February 18, 2013 at 07:24 PM
That's so sad. Pray for the person who would do such a thing, because it's always the hurt people who hurt people (and in this case, animals).

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