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'Quacked' case: Massachusetts home invader is actually a duck

North Reading police officers find that intruder is a female wood duck.
By Evan Bleier Follow @itishowitis Contact the Author   |   April 7, 2014 at 10:43 AM

NORTH READING, Mass., April 7 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts woman called police over the weekend after she thought she heard an intruder making “loud, banging noises.”

If she was really listening, she might have heard quacks.

When North Reading police officers arrived at the home, they discovered a soot-covered female wood duck that apparently had gotten into the home through the chimney.

“After a short pursuit inside of the home, the duck was captured by officers and released, unharmed,” the NRPD wrote on Facebook. “The duck quickly flew back to the safety of the pond.”

During the chase, the duck “flew directly into a vaulted ceiling, leaving the perfect soot, silhouette of the flying duck on white ceiling.”

Officer Greg Connolly released the duck at nearby Swan Pond.

“The resident was relieved to know that the intruder was only water fowl and that the animal was unharmed during the ordeal,” the NRPD wrote. “If anyone can positively identify this duck, let us know.”


[Boston Globe]
[North Reading Police Department]

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