NAPLES, Fla.- Talk about having a headache.
A Muscovy duck in Naples has been waddling around with a blow dart stuck square through its head, for three full weeks.
Experts say the arrow must have missed vitals in order for the hen to continue functioning with its flock. Still, Lissete Rico says the shot in the skull is downright sickening.
"The pain it must be going through! It's an animal, but animals have feelings," Rico said Monday.
Rico spotted the hen while feeding the ducks with her baby at Naples' Aventine apartments. Since then, she's been on the phone calling every wildlife agency for help. The problem is, Muscovy ducks aren't native to Florida or even the U.S.
The Conservancy of Southwest Florida says aiding the ailing animal isn't covered by their state permit.
"It's frustrating because I don't believe this duck has much time," Rico said.
In the meantime, its flock couldn't be friendlier. But the injured duck is keeping it's distance, proving too fast for anyone to bring it care and comfort.
"We just hope that someone out there can help this animal and hopefully help the animal not only have a future but help it enjoy whatever life it's got left," Rico said.
Collier County Domestic Animal Services attempted to capture the duck by using nets on Friday, but the duck was able to stay out of reach.