I registered here to ask about this as I don't know what to do for the poor guy... I live on a pond where there's lots of Muscovy ducks that live here. The same family of about 10 or so ducks have been here for years. One of the large males got a fishing hook caught in the red part of it's bill. (Those red bumps that are all along the side of their beaks and heads.) It seems to have penetrated it's beak and tongue as well because he cannot eat anymore. I toss bread to him and he tries to eat it but can't get it down past the hook, and coughs it out of his moth and walks away. Up close I can see it's a 3 pronged hook and penetrated pretty deep. The rubber fish attached to it it still hanging off it too. It's just a nasty and sad thing to see. For the past week he's been like this and seems to sleep right under my bedroom window which breaks my heart because it seems he wants me to help but whenever I get close to him, he runs away. I tried looking up animal services here in the Orlando area where I live and e mailed one place, but no luck. I'm hearing impaired so it's impossible for me to pick up the phone to call different places to get help. Will he just starve to death like this if he can't eat? And how long will it take? I hate to see him in such pain and misery every day. And there's just no way for me to catch him and even if I did, i'm no surgeon and would probably do MORE damage if I tried removing the hook. Should I just leave him alone and let nature take it's course? I live next to a park and have lots of neighbors that have surely seem this poor duck and it seems no one even cares to help him. Any advice is much appreciated. If I can i'll get a picture to add here.