We have a runner duck that was injured by a predator-not actually our duck, belongs to a friend who is on vacation, we are just caring for it. He was dragging his leg, and we thought it was broken, but when we couldnt find a break we took him to the vet. They noticed a small puncture wound on his back, took some xrays, and said he has suffered some nerve damage-how extensively they cant say. He appears to have little to no feeling in his foot, though as of today (now about 3 days since the injury) he seems to be using the leg a bit more- it is not quite as limp as it was. What is of real concern is that his bowels have been affected- no poop since we found him- and he was full of poop in the x-ray. The vet said this indicates that those nerves were damaged, obviously-but whether or not they can heal, or if they can heal before he succumbs to a horrible, painful death...they cant say. Certainly, we are not going to let him suffer...but if there is any chance that waiting a few more days might allow him to recover-I dont want to end his life. So, since the vet couldnt tell me how long a duck can live before dying of constipation-(or before experiencing signifiant pain) can any of YOU? So far, Larry does NOT act like he is hurting bad...but, could just be a duck thing. He is as active as he can be confined in a dog crate-waddling around, quacking. Enjoyed his swim in the laundry sink this morning. He has not touched his food-vet said he most liekly would not, under the circumstances. Not sure if he is drinking, or just splashing in his water dish, but I have to refill it several times a day since yesterday- first day and a half he did not touch it. Any help anyone can provide I will really appreciate!!