That's One Tough Bird

Don't use the phrase "dead duck" around this bird. A hunter shot a duck in Florida and threw it in his refrigerator, but two days later, when his wife opened the door, the duck lifted its head. So they took it into surgery, where it had a bad reaction to anesthesia and was declared dead on the operating table — only to be revived again. The duck has a name now: Perky.

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Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep with news of a bird that did not know the phrase dead duck. A hunter shot a duck in Florida. He threw it in the refrigerator and it was not until two days later that the hunter's wife opened the door and the duck lifted its head. It was alive. The duck that's now being called Perky was taken in for surgery. That's where it had a bad reaction to anesthesia. The duck was declared dead on the operating table, but was revived.

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