A duck trapped bottom-up under the ice of a semi-frozen lake near the Norwegian capital Oslo got to live another day after it was seen by a local man who was planning to take a dip in the chilly water anyway.
As soon as Lars Jorun Langoien spotted the unlucky bird stuck head down under the icy surface, he knew that there was no time to lose. Luckily, he was already wearing his swimming trunks, so he quickly undressed and dived into the lake, breaking the ice as he went and managed to grab hold of the lifeless bird.
Lars, who regularly swims in the the lake’s icy water, said:
I assumed it was looking for food and knew the way out, and my pal grabbed a photo of it. But then we realized that it was trapped and had forgotten where the hole was that it had come through, and was drowning. They are pretty good at holding their breath under water but it was clear that time was running out for the duck.
Having pulled the duck from its icy trap, Lars swam with it back to the shore. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Lars Jorun Langoien dived into a partly frozen lake to rescue a duck that had become trapped in the ice.
2. Lars, 36, spotted the little duck stuck bottom-up in Lake Sognsvann near the Norwegian capital Oslo.
3. Lars said he first thought the bird was looking for food and knew the way out, but then realized it was stuck.
4. Having freed the bird from the ice, Lars lifted it out of the water and swam with it back to the shore.
However, as the duck was lifeless when Lars took it back on dry land, he had to perform CPR to bring it back to life. He said:
When I got it to the shore it still wasn’t moving, so I gave it mouth to mouth resuscitation and that seemed to do the trick. It came round and although it was a little groggy it made off.
Ornithologist have since identified the bird as a Bucephala duck, commonly known as Goldeneye duck, which feeds from the bottom of ponds.
5. Ornithologists have since identified the bird as a Bucephala duck, also known as the Goldeneye duck, that feeds from the bottom of ponds.
6. The duck was lifeless when back on dry land, so Lars performed CPR to bring the little bird back to life.
7. Lars said that the duck came round and although it was a little groggy, it made off in good shape.
And this video shows the length (or depth in this case) to which people will go to save a duck:
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