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NORTH NAPLES, Fla. – First paralysis happens, then the ducks die a slow death.
Rhonda Watkins, an environmental specialists for Collier County, says the ducks are succumbing to toxicity from a bacteria called botulism, which occurs in fresh water when oxygen isn’t produced.
The condition that allowed botulism bacteria to flourish in a North Naples canal is heavy cloud cover during recent storm events. There is nothing humans can do to help the ducks.