Some of you may remember my blog about Perky the Duck who survived being shot and spending two days in a hunters fridge.
Well Perky has undergone surgery to repair the gunshot wounds. Perky died briefly on the operating table when her heart flatlined for 20 seconds.
The duck entered surgery with vets confident that she would survive the procedure despite serious injuries to her wing, leg and beak.
But her heart failed during the operation, prompting senior vet David Hale to declare her officially dead.
"We lost her. You know, the bird's dead and it's over. I'm sorry," he said of the operating team's immediate reaction.
"And then, you know, up comes that head and the wings start flapping and, honestly, what, 20 seconds later, I mean the bird was, like, up."
There were scenes of high emotion in the operating theatre, said Noni Beck of the Goose Creek Wildlife Sanctuary.
"I started crying: 'She's alive!'"
This duck really really wants to make it doesn't she!