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Norwegian man jumps into ice-covered lake to rescue a trapped duck

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If you were strolling by a lake in the dead of winter and saw a duck trapped under the ice, you might search for a stick to poke a hole, or maybe throw a heavy rock, to create a break in the surface.

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Apparently if you’re Langøien Karl, you just go ahead and jump in.

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The 36-year-old Norwegian native was already dressed for swimming, as he takes part in a (somewhat insane) hobby of “ice bathing,” which involves going for winter dips. When he spotted the duck, he dropped his towel and wasted no time jumping to the rescue.

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Karl went the extra distance on shore, performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on the stunned duck, breathing life back into its feathered body.

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While we applaud this man’s courageous actions, he has clearly acclimatized to the harsh shock to the system that frigid winter waters bring. We urge you not to try a similar stunt, as he could have just as easily ended up in need of rescue himself.

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We salute you, Duck Whisperer! May all your future ice swims be refreshing and brisk!

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