This wood duck, which was shot with an arrow in the Grafton area some time last week, was euthanised on Thursday.
This wood duck, which was shot with an arrow in the Grafton area some time last week, was euthanised on Thursday. Adam Hourigan

Grafton's shot duck euthanised

THE wood duck, which survived an arrow which was shot completely through it last week in Grafton, has been euthanised by WIRES in order to put the bird out of pain.

“It was the kindest thing to do,” said WIRES phone co-ordinator Teresa Woodley.

She said the duck’s wound would have already been infected and the risk of the arrow hitting something and causing further damage was too great, as was the risk of a slow painful death.

Quite a number of attempts were made to catch the duck but it simply flew away as its would-be helpers approached.

Ms Woodley said the duck, a native species, was protected, but not endangered. The arrow shooter has not been brought to justice.

In the end it was a WIRES shooter which killed the duck with a small calibre round on the riverbank near Kemp Street, Grafton.

Another WIRES volunteer, Pam Kenway, explained that the animal showed no signs of pain during the ordeal because it would not have wanted to appear injured and open itself up to attack from animals further up the food chain.


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