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Terrified woman calls police over home invader... who turns out to be a duck

She was woken by “banging noises” from downstairs.

Look at the duck's guilty face. Look at it.
Look at the duck's guilty face. Look at it.

POLICE WHO RUSHED to a woman’s home in after she reported a possible break-in in progress discovered only a lost duck.

The woman was awoken during the night by banging noises coming from downstairs in her home in North Reading, Massachusetts.

She called police – who told her to stay on the line and remain inside her locked bedroom.

When officers arrived, they could find no sign of a break-in. However on entering the house, according to the police department:

The officers were confronted by the intruder… which was later tentatively identified as a female Wood Duck.

After what police called a “short pursuit”, the duck was apprehended.

It turned out to have blundered into the house through the chimney. Police knew this because:

The duck, covered in chimney soot, flew directly into a vaulted ceiling, leaving the perfect soot silhouette of the flying duck on [the] white ceiling.

The confused bird was soon released, and returned to a nearby pond. North Reading police have asked locals to help with the investigation, stating: “If anyone can positively identify this duck, let us know.”

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Michael Freeman

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