Com­mu­nity shaken af­ter duck ‘shot in back’

Otago Daily Times - - GENERAL - GE­ORGE BLOCK ge­orge.block@odt.co.nz

A CLOSE­KNIT Dunedin com­mu­nity is shaken af­ter a do­mes­ti­cated duck was shot dead on the wa­ter, next to her com­pan­ion drake.

Nor­manby res­i­dent Amy Sou­quet said on Wed­nes­day morn­ing she dis­cov­ered her fe­male duck float­ing life­lessly in Lind­say Creek, near the Pot­ters Rd bridge, with a small hole in her ab­domen con­sis­tent with an air ri­fle pel­let.

‘‘She was shot in the back.’’ The ‘‘griev­ing’’ drake was un­will­ing to move from the creek, and his part­ner’s hid­den nest of eggs had been aban­doned in the bush, Mrs Sou­quet said.

The pair had been to­gether for four years.

‘‘He kept go­ing back to the place where she was found.

‘‘The next day, he wouldn’t come out from the creek.’’

Mrs Sou­quet said the ducks were pre­vi­ously al­lowed to wan­der through her neigh­bour’s sec­tion down to the creek, but she had now closed the gate to her yard and sev­eral of her Nor­wood St neigh­bours feared for the lives of their pets.

‘‘My neigh­bour down there, she doesn’t feel safe at the mo­ment.’’

She had ap­pealed for the shooter to own up anony­mously with a note in her let­ter­box.

She said if she re­ceived a prom­ise from the shooter that they would not re­peat the act, she would not go to the po­lice, but no ad­mis­sion had been forth­com­ing by yes­ter­day.

How­ever, in the days af­ter the shoot­ing a neigh­bour had dropped off an­other fe­male duck for the drake, and the pair seemed to be get­ting along well yes­ter­day.

PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERY

Nor­manby boy Seth Sou­quet (11) holds a duck whose part­ner was shot this week. The shooter re­mains at large.

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