Hi everyone! For some really odd reason, this post got deleted. I don't know if it's against Google policy to report on animal cruelty or something. I have no idea why. I will try to track down all the photos I had. Not only was the story about the duck, but about some killdeer, too!
The story was that this beautiful buff duck, once someone's Easter pet, was dropped off last year. She and her companions did fine until breeding season started. Two days before these photos were taken, she was injured, possibly when some other males ganged up on her. I called a duck rescuer and she agreed to come pick her up on Friday, two days later. I called the rescuer, Kim, to tell her that the duck was still alive and where to find her. I then went on my walk, but remembered to take these photos because I knew it would be the last time I saw her.
About 20 minutes before the rescuer arrived, the duck was found dead and removed by Lake Murray staff. The staff member said that it appeared that stuff was coming out of her, most likely from trying to pass a crushed or under-developed egg that couldn't be passed due to her injuries. When the rescuer came, she was gone.
Here she is spending her last living moments with the two males she has known all her life.
Here they were when they first arrived, happy and fat. Since the time that this photo was taken, the two males have lost half their body size. They now live alone in the same area where they lived with the buff.
I don't think she was even a year old when she died.