Not all heroes wear capes, some of them wear badges and rescue ducks from trucks — as evidenced by the actions of one deputy with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office (PCSO) just a couple of weeks ago.
According to an August 14 post from @PinellasSheriff on Instagram, Deputy Lira Rangel was dispatched to a call concerning two ducks that had been hit by a vehicle. After arriving on the scene, he, unfortunately, discovered one duck had already passed from its wounds; however, one was still in need of saving, suffering severe injuries.
Deputy Rangel called in a bird sanctuary member from the Clearwater Audubon Society to save the bird's life. Together they observed the duck as it retreated to a nearby pond just out of reach of the bird sanctuary member. Noticing the duck's struggle to stay afloat and fearing it would drown, Rangel got into waste-deep water without hesitation to save it, then handed it off to the bird sanctuary member.
The post is accompanied by a photograph of Deputy Rangel smiling to the camera in front of a sign while holding the duck snuggled in a towel.
According to PCSO, the sanctuary has since reached out with updates on the duck, who has made a full recovery and been released back into the wild.
In other heartwarming animal news, a dog that was once dragged behind a moving truck became best friends with a Florida Dolphin. Read the full story and see the video here.
Article by Rachael Volpe