Now 1K Dead Ducks Pulled From China River As number of dead pigs passes 16K By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Mar 25, 2013 8:54 AM CDT 23 comments Comments (Shutterstock) (Newser) – First Shanghai pulled thousands of dead pigs from one of its rivers; now another river in China is experiencing a similarly disturbing problem. One thousand dead ducks have been pulled from Nanhe river in Sichuan province, the BBC reports. Residents found the duck carcasses inside more than 50 woven bags last week; their cause of death was not determined, as some of the bodies had already decomposed, but authorities say they came from upstream, not local farmers. Officials say residents and livestock are not at risk, since the river was not used for drinking water, but that didn't stop users on China's weibo social network from scoffing: "Dead pigs, dead ducks ... this soup is getting thicker and thicker," wrote one. Shanghai recently confirmed that more than 16,000 pig carcasses have been pulled from the Huangpu river, which is used for drinking water.