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UNF ducks mysteriously die; virus to blame

Courtney Green, Managing Editor

***See an update on this story here.***

What was initially thought to be a case of “fowl play” on UNF’s campus turned out to be the work of a virus — and before anyone starts panicking about 2020’s prospects, it’s a duck virus this time.

Howard the Duck. Photo credit Jonathan Merrin.

On July 10, a UPD officer was dispatched to The Flats in reference to several dead ducks located on the premises. According to the report, the ducks were initially thought to have been killed by someone.

The dispatched officer observed blood around the mouth of one duck.

However, the Florida Wildlife Commission was contacted and after speaking with an assigned biologist, it was determined that the ducks likely died of a “duck virus” that has been going around. Blood coming from the mouth is consistent with this scenario.

The bodies of the deceased ducks were disposed of and patrol efforts were suspended.


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4 Responses to “UNF ducks mysteriously die; virus to blame”

  1. ConcernedCitizen on July 14th, 2020 10:53 am

    How is Howard dealing with these losses?

  2. Shannon F on July 14th, 2020 1:23 pm

    Everyone thinks Howard died because of this article title and picture. Most people actually do not read the whole article so this is alluding to fake news and people jumping to conclusions. It is pretty messed up to do this because now there are rumors going around.

  3. ConcernedCitizen2 on July 14th, 2020 2:01 pm

    Is Howard still alive?

  4. Sarah on July 14th, 2020 5:22 pm


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