Police rescued another critter from the pot this week when they patrolled along the Río Frio in Los Chiles.
This time the rescued animal was bird, called a pato aguja in Spanish. It is a long-necked waterbird (Anhinga anhinga) sometimes called a snake bird in English.
Two local youngsters appear to have downed the bird with a slingshot and then stuffed it in a bag.
Police officers turned the bird over to the local environmental staffers, and they released it in another area, said the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública.
These birds are common in the wetlands of Costa Rica, and they can be found as far north as the Canadian border. But they are not really ducks, as the Spanish name implies.