Thursday 29 September 2016

Lucky duck pulled from rubble five days after Ecuador earthquake

Published 21/04/2016 | 17:34

Homes damaged by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Ecuador (AP)
Homes damaged by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Ecuador (AP)

Rescuers searching through quake-collapsed buildings in Ecuador found an unusual survivor - a duck that had been buried under a pile of rubble.

  • Go To

The white-and-brown duck has become an instant social media celebrity in a country eager for any good news five days after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake flattened large areas of the country and killed more than 500 people.

Villagers search a post-earthquake debris field in Manta to salvage recyclable materials (AP)
Villagers search a post-earthquake debris field in Manta to salvage recyclable materials (AP)
A rescue worker stands by as debris from a collapsed building in Portoviejo is moved (AP)
Earthquake survivor Pablo Cordova relives his quake ordeal (AP)

Firefighters were searching for survivors in the ruins of a collapsed structure in the coastal city of Pedernales when they pulled the animal free on Wednesday.

Rescuers grinned and cheered as the duck flapped its wings.

The bird spent the night resting and eating bits of papaya.

Earthquake survivor Pablo Rafael Cordova Canizares at the Verdi Cevallos Balda hospital in Portoviejo, Ecuador (AP)
Earthquake survivor Pablo Rafael Cordova Canizares at the Verdi Cevallos Balda hospital in Portoviejo, Ecuador (AP)
A dog rescue unit searches for survivors in the rubble in Pedernales, Ecuador (AP)
A woman cries as she looks at a ruined building in the town of Pedernales. Photo: Getty
A woman cries as she looks at a ruined building in the town of Pedernales. Photo: Getty
Rescue workers work to pull out survivors trapped in a collapsed building in the western coastal city of Manta. Photo: Getty

Press Association

Read More

Promoted articles

Editors Choice

Also in World News