"But once the surgeon started sewing her back up she stopped breathing again, this time for 15 seconds."This is a duck shot by a hunter and put in the refrigerator, presumably, to be eaten soon enough. Manipulating the duck's beak? This should become an idiomatic expression along the lines of "pulling my leg."
When a second thump failed to bring Perky round, veterinary surgeon David Hale tried manipulating the duck's beak, before using a needle to shock her into consciousness.
At one point the duck was given pure oxygen through a face mask, Ms May said.
"At that point the vet turned and said: 'I'm sorry, she's gone.'"
The room fell into shocked silence as those present took in the news, but then Perky raised her head and began flapping her wings.
The relief reduced everyone to tears, Ms May said, describing one of her colleagues as "extremely emotional" as she left the room.
"For the duck to have gone through all of this and then to die at that time was a real shock," Ms May said.
We've talked about this story before, and as one commenter said, why is it at all surprising that a duck can live in a refrigerator? They live outside. The appalling thing is that the hunter put the duck in the refrigerator in a condition that was survivable. As Meade said: "what sort of slob duck hunter fails to field dress or breast out the game upon retrieval while it is still warm?"