A brave duck has become an unwitting social media star after taking on a famous drain in the Lake Berryessa reservoir in northern California.
The 22-metre-wide, 75-metre-long drain acts as an unconventional spillway designed to funnel away water after unusually big downpours in the area. Affectionately known to locals as the “glory hole”, it creates a stunning visual image when water levels rise, as if someone has pulled the plug out of the basin.
While rarely needed, the heavy rain in northern California in recent weeks has required the spillway to do its thing and even drawn tourists to the site to witness it in action.
One onlooker was filming the spillway when a duck got pulled into the watery vortex recently.
The video has racked up more than 138,000 views after being posted to Facebook last week. According to the post, the duck is thought to have survived the close call.
The video was reportedly captured by Rick Fowler, a water resources technician with the Solano County Water Agency, local