A Long Island Duck, of the Pekin variety – along with its owner, has been granted an order of protection by a Long Island court.
The order will remain in effect until 2016 – longer than many orders of protection protecting human victims of domestic violence.
The man under the order was also sentenced to a year of confinement for aggravated cruelty to an animal.
More severe consequences than are inflicted on many domestic abusers of humans.
The man shot the duck with a pellet gun.
After the incident, the duck stopped laying eggs for a time.
The duck’s family now plans to relocate with it to Arizona.