Warning: This article contains details that may disturb some people
Canterbury police have rescued a duck after a horrible case of violence against animals.
Constable Harriet Carey and her colleague arrived at the pond in Halswell Domain in Christchurch on Thursday - to a terrible sight.
"When we arrived we witnessed a man bashing a duck with a large piece of wood," she says.
"We immediately stopped him and the duck appeared to be seriously injured. Its neck was bent at a funny angle and it was struggling to stay afloat.
"It was being supported by two other ducks that were using their beaks to stop it from drowning - I have never seen anything like it."
Const Carey tried to attract the duck, but the poor creature was too afraid.
"Using bread from a nearby house, I was unable to coax the duck over to the edge. Fair play - it probably didn't particularly like humans anymore," she says.
"I had to remove my stab resistant vest and boots and swim across and get it - and yes, it was freezing!"
The police took the duck, now referred to as Daisy, to the Bird Hospital and are waiting to hear if she will survive.
The suspect has been apprehended, and police are dealing with him.