Chasing the ‘ghost bird’

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Cely voices skepticism over reports of ivory-billed woodpecker sightings

By Greg Summers

Some images you never forget.
One early morning several winters ago, seasoned biologist John Cely was quietly paddling  his  kayak down a stretch of Ceder Creek when he made out two black objects on the riverbank.
He knew it was some kind of animal so he headed in that direction, Cely said in a 2009 ETV broadcast of "Congaree Swamp Stories."
As he got closer, Cely said he realized it was two pigs.
They were, I guess, what you’d call teenage pigs,” he said. “They were not adults; they weren’t babies.

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