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Quick Thinking Couple Saves Duck Submerged in Fallen Tree | Care2 Causes

Quick Thinking Couple Saves Duck Submerged in Fallen Tree | Care2 Causes

Written by Eva Ries & Jacques Beumer of Florida Our backyard had five Royal Palm trees until a hurricane killed one of them. Its trunk remained standing, becoming a “bird condo” offering perching space for ducks on top and nesting cavities for woodpeckers down below. This summer, a pair of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks hatched a brood of nine babies in one of the cavities they borrowed from the woodpeckers. A healthy, mature Royal Palm can rise as much as 80 feet (24 meters) into the air, and this one, even with its crown gone, was still nearly that height. The Storm Arrives In late September, a persistent weather system sitting over southern Florida brought unexpectedly strong winds and 10 inches of rain that soaked the ground. The palm trees in question line the riverbank, and the rain, rising river and strong wind all worked to weaken the dead trunk at its base until on...

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