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Lawsuit: 'abnormally dangerous' duck attacked

Published On: Apr 23 2014 02:31:02 PM CDT
PORTLAND, Ore. -

An Oregon duck accused of having "abnormally dangerous propensities" finds itself at the center of a lawsuit that seeks $275,000 in damages.

The duck -- the feathered kind, not the football kind -- is accused of attacking a Washougal, Wash., woman in Estacada, Ore., causing Cynthia Ruddell  to fall and injure a wrist, elbow and shoulder.

Clackamas County court documents say Ruddell was leaving the motor home she had parked on land owned by her mother in May 2012 when the pet duck owned by Lolita Rose attacked her.

KATU-TV reports that Rose is accused of "needlessly endangering the public" because she didn't keep the duck contained and didn't warn neighbors about the danger.

Ruddell and Rose both declined to comment.

Ruddell's lawyer, Gregory Price, says he hopes to settle out of court.

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