Councillor Tony Williams pictured outside of the Rockhampton pound with the Muscovy duck he found in a neighbour’s back yard in Koongal.
Councillor Tony Williams pictured outside of the Rockhampton pound with the Muscovy duck he found in a neighbour’s back yard in Koongal. Alister Thomson

Councillor rescues feathered friend

TONY Williams wasn't ducking for cover yesterday when he came to the rescue of this feathered stray.

The Rockhampton Regional councillor woke up to be told by his daughter there was a duck in his neighbour's front yard in Koongal.

He said he initially thought it was a goose and became concerned when he saw it was under attacked from birds – “very aggressive” pied currawongs.

“I thought I better grab it and pick it up,” he said.

“It was a bugger to catch. I took three dives at it,” he recalled.

Cr Williams said he managed to succeed in cornering and then capturing the Muscovy duck near his neighbour's fence.

He said the stray was not injured and he took it down to the pound.

He wanted its owner to know it could be found there.

While the pound is occasionally home to chickens and pigs, it's unusual for a duck to be housed there.

“All in a day's work,” Cr Williams said.

He said there was an employee at 4RO keen to take care of the duck if it was not claimed by the owner.

If you own the duck, please contact the council's customer service centre on 1300 225 577.



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