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Hi Dana. God bless you.
I used to walk every day around a golf course in Aventura area.  I have seen born, grow and die many ducks for 3 years. Currently there is a special group of 8 white ducks where there is only one female and they are in mating season. All of them fall upon her and they are tearing her head. By pecking she bleeds heavily and is about to lose his right eye. Please what can we do???? Help! I feel really bad not knowing what to do or not to do something for her. It's urgent!! My english is bad but I try to understand if you write me or contact the phone number 954-9252233. Thank you. thank you very much. ROSA

Dear Rosa,

There is nothing you can do to help the duck except capture her and hold her in a safe place until she heals.  There is actually a Muscovy Duck Rescue group in southern Florida, though I don't know if they are still active.

Male Muscovy ducks can be extremely rough when mating, and they have been known to (accidentally) kill females when they gang up and drown.  Charming creatures.  :(

Hope this helps.


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Dana Krempels, Ph.D.


I'm an evolutionary biologist with a passion for animals. Ask about natural history, behavior, ecology, evolution. PLEASE NOTE:

If you have found an "orphaned" or injured wild animal or bird:
Please don't waste time asking questions on the internet, as the answers may come too late. DO NOT FEED THE ANIMAL, and DO NOT HANDLE IT unless it is in imminent danger. (Many wild "orphans" are not orphans at all!) If you are absolutely sure it is orphaned, keep it warm and quiet, and find a LICENSED WILDLIFE REHABILITATOR HERE. Don't try to raise a baby yourself, or rehabilitate an injured anmal. Many a well-intentioned rescuer will do more harm than good, especially with baby birds and baby rabbits.

Without geographic location, time of day and habitat, I can't help. A clear picture is always best.

It's impossible for me to I.D. an animal call without hearing it myself.

I'm not an expert on comparative strengths of different animals (more complicated than you might think!) nor bite forces.

I refuse to answer "Which of these two animals--X or X--would win in a fight?".

These hypothetical matchups range from impossible (Grizzly Bears and Gorillas don't even occupy the same continent.) to ridiculous (Someone asked me "Who would win a fight between a Great White Shark and a tiger?").

The vast majority of animals--even the fierce and powerful--are not as warlike as Homo sapiens, and it's childish to project our aggressiveness onto them.


I have been the fortunate caregiver to a group of Black-tailed Jackrabbits rescued from the Miami International Airport, and not releasable in this area because they are not native. I also have rehabbed and released Eastern Cottontails, and am in contact with many very experienced wildlife rescuers who regularly handle injured or orphaned rabbits and hares.

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I have a Ph.D. in Biology, with main areas of expertise in evolutionary biology, genetics, botany, and ecology.

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