Published: Friday April 25, 2014 MYT 4:15:00 PM
Updated: Friday April 25, 2014 MYT 6:36:51 PM

Quack attack: Woman ambushed by psycho duck sues owner for RM899k

A woman has filed an RM899,000 lawsuit against a duck owner as compensation for what she claims was an unprovoked attack by the foul-tempered waterfowl.

You’ll never look at a duck the same way again after reading what happened to Cynthia Ruddell of Washougal, Washington back in May, 2012.

Ruddell, 62, was on her mum’s property in Estacada, Oregon about 40km southeast of Portland, when a neighbour’s duck attacked her without provocation. In her attempt to run from the agitated waterfowl, Ruddell fell to the ground, breaking her right wrist, and spraining an elbow and shoulder.

You can imagine how traumatic the whole ordeal was with all that angry quacking and pecking. Ruddell, a retired nurse, is now seeking US$275,000 (RM899,000) in damages, including US$25,000 for medical expenses and the rest of her claim for the pain, suffering and toll her injuries have taken on her life.

The complaint filed in Oregon state court on April 18 accuses the duck's owner, Lolita Rose, of failing to maintain control of her bird or “to warn or otherwise inform neighbours of her duck’s dangerous propensity in attacking individuals”.

Ruddell’s lawyer, Gregory Price, says he expects the damages will ultimately be paid by Rose’s insurance policy, but filing a lawsuit was necessary as a precaution because of continuing medical bills from a second surgery on his client’s wrist, as well as a two-year statute of limitations on such claims.

Along with the after-effects of the attack, the legal case has brought Ruddell a measure of unwanted attention, her attorney says. “I’ve learned a lesson,” Price says. “In any future lawsuit, I’ll talk about my client being attacked by a domestic animal. Not by a duck.”

As for the psycho duck, Price says it was his understanding that Rose had it put down after the incident. Rose could not be reached for comment on the case. – Reuters

Tags / Keywords: Lifestyle, Features, Bizarre, Animal, US, Oregon, duck, pet, attack, psycho, lawsuit, Cynthia Ruddell, Lolita Rose


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