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We have to take him out to the river's edge and "reshoot" the dead duck, making the water splash in front of it.
Most of the dead ducks seen in upstate New York are red-breasted mergansers, which breed in northern Canada and Alaska and come south for the winter to the Great Lakes region.
Residents found the dead ducks in Nanhe river in Pengshan county, Sichuan province, and alerted the environmental department, reports the BBC.
It's time we got our priorities right and stop throwing money at dead ducks such that garden and theatre in South Wales
Three decades ago, Learning from Las Vegas espoused the virtues of the decorated shed over the dead ducks of Modernism.
Each of the 350 stolen birds retails at approximately pounds 50 - the dead ducks add up to a loss of another pounds 12,000.
A BARMY Midland artist whose work consists of animals killed on the road is selling two dead ducks for pounds 1 MILLION.
The agriculture ministry of Baden-Wuerttemberg state said a lab was investigating whether two more dead ducks found near Lake Constance carried the same strain.
Dead ducks were found in Dingdang, a town in the Guangxi region where she lives, in January 2004 - the mainland's first case of bird flu.
Dead ducks do not fly although their dissection may be of interest to biologists.
Detroit captain Steve Yzerman knew the team wasn't going well, but he'd like to believe the Red Wings weren't a bunch of dead Ducks.
As part of the UK Government's AI surveillance strategy, RSPB staff will be looking for sick or dead ducks, geese and swans this winter.
The boy, who died Monday night, carried sick and dead ducks and chickens for food preparation in an area where the poultry were infected by the H5N1 virus, The Phnom Penh Post reported.
A thousand dead ducks were found floating in the Nanhe river, which runs through the southern Chinese province of Sichuan, on Tuesday.
Many ducks do not survive the process, and the activists found trash barrels filled with dead ducks in both factory farms.