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SOCASTEE, S.C. (WBTW) — The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has started an investigation after residents in a Myrtle-beach area apartment complex complained about ducks disappearing near where they live.

“At the request of residents of Iveystone Apartments in Myrtle Beach, SCDNR is investigating the disappearance of Muscovy ducks there,” the agency told News13.

The Ivystone apartments are located in the area of Palmetto Pointe in Socastee.

Kim Cerimele with the Carolina Wildlife Rehabilitation Center said seven ducks were pulled out of the ponds at the apartment complex over the last four days, all of which died. Cerimele said it’s unclear what caused the ducks to die.

“I did a necropsy and didn’t find anything in their GI tract that would give any answers, our center does not have the ability to test for poisons and neither do any of the local vets we’ve reached out to,” she said in a text message to News13.

Muscovy ducks are domestic ducks, native to Central and South America. They are not protected in South Carolina by state or federal laws.

No additional information was immediately available.

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