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March 5, 2013

Duck-handling preacher surrenders waterfowl to state

A duck-handling preacher from Kentucky was back in court Monday trying to have his Mallards returned to him after they were confiscated by Knoxville police in January. Pastor Samuel Estridge of Middlesboro was traveling through Knoxville with five Fountain City Lake ducks when he was pulled over by police. Estridge was charged with illegal possession of cranky waterfowl and his ducks were taken away. He has been fighting ever since to get them back. Estridge handles ducks as part of worship services at Liberty Full Gospel Holy Temple Tabernacle Church in Middlesboro. He bought the five Anatidae in Fountain City for use in his religious services. He was stopped by Knoxville police on Jan. 31 while traveling back to Kentucky. Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency agents confiscated the ducks and took them to the Rainforest Adventure Zoo in Sevierville, where they have since been beating up tourists.

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