Injured duck rescued from downtown Detroit skyscraper
An injured mallard named Daffy Duck is receiving care from the Michigan Humane Society after a team rescued it from the roof of a 27-story building in downtown Detroit.
A maintenance worker at 211 W. Fort grew concerned and contacted the humane society after noticing a duck that appeared to be injured, officials said.
The group’s rescue department sent two teams to capture the duck Thursday.
“The area on the roof had complete openings, so the duck could have easily fallen off or attempted to fly,” Elise Ramsey, cruelty investigator, said in a statement Friday. “So we had to make sure that he wasn’t getting too close to the edge. We went up with the net and because he was a little bit slower due to his injury, we were able easy get him to safety.”
Ducks often land on buildings and concrete because the surface can shine and look like water, said Dr. Bridget Garrity, veterinarian with the group. It is unclear if Daffy Duck was injured before or after landing.
The duck was taken to the Rochester Hills Center for Animal Care where veterinarians learned he had a broken wing. He is also blind in one eye due to a previous ulcer, officials said.
Daffy Duck will receive further care at the Howell Nature Center until it is able to be released back into the wild. It could take between six and 12 weeks for the wing to heal depending on the method used to heal the injury, Garrity said.