After a moment or two, the vet shook his head
sadly and said, "I'm so sorry, your Duck Cuddles has
The distressed owner wailed, "Are you sure?
Yes, I am sure. The duck is dead," he replied.
How can you be so sure," she protested. "I mean,
you haven't done any testing on him or anything. He
might just be in a coma or something."
The vet rolled his eyes, turned around and left
the room, and returned a few moments later with a
black Labrador Retriever.
As the duck's owner looked on in amazement, the
dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the
examination table and sniffed the duck from top to
bottom. He then looked at the vet with sad eyes and
shook his head.
The vet patted the dog and took it out, and
returned a few moments later with a cat.
The cat jumped up on the table and also sniffed
delicately at the bird from head to foot. The cat sat
back on it's haunches, shook its head, meowed softly
and strolled out of the room.
The vet looked at the woman and said, "I'm sorry,
but as I said, this is most definitely, 100%
certifiably, a dead duck."
Then the vet turned to his computer terminal, hit
a few keys and produced a bill, which he handed to the
The duck's owner, still in shock, took the bill.
"$150!", she cried, "$150 just to tell
me my duck is dead!!
"The vet shrugged. "I'm sorry. If you'd taken my
word for it, the bill would have been $20, but with
the Lab Report and the Cat Scan, it's now $150.00.