After enduring being shot, dragged by a dog and then having her presumed dead body thrown in a kitchen fridge, US wonder-fowl Perky the duck has again shown her lust for life during an operation to repair her injured wing yesterday.
Perky suddenly stopped breathing during the operation, said Noni Beck, wildlife rehabilitator at the Goose Creek Wildlife Sanctuary in Tallahassee, Florida
The vet began to operate and had just finished pinning Perky's wing when she abruptly stopped breathing, Ms Beck said.
"He's giving her oxygen, he's kind of tapping on her chest - he actually took a needle and kind of stuck her, because a little pain response can make you gag - and then he turned to me and said, 'She's gone, I am so sorry.' ''
But suddenly the duck came back.
Perky is now back at the sanctuary, doing well and spending much of her time on her personal heating pad, Ms Beck said.