LONGVIEW, Wash. -- The duck that was rescued after passers by noticed a dart in its neck a week ago was doing well enough to be returned to the wild Monday.
After surviving for more than a month with a four-inch-long dart in its neck, the duck was captured in Lake Sacajawea near Longview on July 24 and had emergency surgery.
The duck had surgery Wednesday at Ocean Beach Animal Hospital. An infection had developed around the dart but the surgery was successful, veterinarians said.
Clinic technician Adrienne Myers told The Longview Daily News that it was a "feisty duck" and was healing up well and happy to go home.
The duck attracted attention for more than a month as people attempted to help it. But it could still swim and fly, and it got away until it was finally netted July 24 by parks workers.
Background: Wounded duck has dart in its neck