Wayward Duck Gets Sucked Down Lake Berryessa’s Spillway

Duck goes down Lake Berryessa morning glory spillway

Duck goes down Lake Berryessa morning glory spillway

A wayward bird went for a "wild ride" this week after getting sucked down California's famed "glory hole", a large funnel-like spillway in Napa.

Before the bird knows it, the glory hole swallows the animal whole, as if the wild animal is a river-faring cartoon character caught off guard by an approaching waterfall, video shows.

Tori Junes Fowler, who told Fox News that she's Rick's cousin, posted his video on Facebook Monday. But the video was posted along with an encouraging message.

The matter of the survival of one little duck facing the abyss of Lake Berryessa's famous spillway caused both netizens and officials to debate whether the bird managed to escape the current.

Fowler, who recorded the video, told ABC 10 that he actually saw the make it out on the other side. Speaking with San Francisco's SFGate, a spokesperson for Bureau of Reclamation, the agency that owns the spillway, said bird probably met a gruesome fate.

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"From what I understand, that water is going down really fast and when things come out the other side ..."

Melissa Vignau, a project supervisor for the Solano Irrigation District, told ABC 10 she also doubts the duck made it through without a scratch. After seeing the bird disappear down the hole, Fowler said, he ran to the edge of the dam.

"Thwack - it shot out of there like a bullet", he said.

The Morning Glory Spillway - the more formal name for the glory hole - empties into Putah Creek, and helps keep Berryessa Lake water levels in check behind the Monticello Dam, CBS13 reports. "It looked like a rag doll - like it was dead".

But he said that after he watched the turbulent creek water below for a few seconds, he saw the bird fly up and land in a calm spot on the creek, shaking its head to clear the water. The spillway is known to be risky, and not just for birds. UC Davis graduate student Emily Schwalen died in 1997 after being swept down into the pipe.

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