Sadly, while this duck's rescue was remarkable, the predicament he was in is not.
An untold number of birds, and other wild animals, are killed or injured due to improperly discarded waste; those fortunate enough to survive such encounters are sometimes changed forever. That's why, even when disposing of garbage properly, it's important to take certain steps, like cutting up plastic trash, to avoid potential entanglements.
Maguire hopes that learning about the duck's ordeal will help to inspire people not to litter, and to be more mindful of how their waste can be a killer.
"If it prevents even just one animal's suffering, it will be worth it," she said.