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Officer stops to save a duckling who was having a tough time in the mud

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Sarasota, Florida -- A Sarasota Police Officer helped out a duckling that was stuck in a pile of muck by a drain and was covered in mud, having trouble breathing and in distress.

Just before 11 a.m., Officer Juan Sanchez found the baby duck near the intersection of Pompano Avenue and Ringling Boulevard in Sarasota. After helping him out of the mud Officer Sanchez cleaned up the duck, opened his airway and took him to the Save Our Seabirds animal sanctuary.

"The staff at Save Our Seabirds' are unbelievable and amazing. I can't say enough good things about them. They care so much about what they do. I find it refreshing and inspiring," said Officer Sanchez.

"This is a great reminder for public to remember that we handle all birds, not just seabirds. If you come in contact with any injured bird, please give us a call," said Benjamin Moore, Controller, Save Our Seabirds.

The staff at Save Our Seabirds nicknamed the duckling Freddy, and he's doing well.

This isn't the first time a Sarasota officer has been in the news for saving a struggling creature. Officer Derek Conley rescued some 100 disoriented sea turtle hatchlings last August on Lido Key.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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