I am always amazed by the things I see while out hunting. Throughout the years I have witnessed many interesting animal aspects that make me really respect an animals innate nature to survive despite any obstacle. This weekend while hunting I shot a female Wood duck that appeared very healthy and could swim and fly VERY well. Upon retrieving the downed bird I was amazed to find that she was missing one of her feet. It was obviously an old injury since it had healed over and the bird was apparently doing well.
What is even more puzzling to me is that fact that Wood ducks have claws on their feet that allow them to perch in trees at night to hide and escape from predators. Had this duck somehow managed to perch in trees all Summer since losing the leg to a snapping turtle or a large mouth bass?!?!? Either way you look at it animals and their ability to survive in adverse conditions is truly amazing.
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