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    Lonely domesticated duck plucked from ice of Benson Park lagoon, where it was…

    By Kevin Cole

    A little ingenuity and a remote-controlled car helped rescue a pet duck Monday from the Benson Park lagoon, where it had apparently been abandoned by its owner.
    Nebraska Humane Society workers were able to corral the duck with a rope pulled by the remote-controlled car, said Pam Wiese, a shelter spokeswoman. The duck, an Indian Runner, has been named Ferdinand after a duck of the same breed in the 1995 animated movie “Babe.”
    “We know he was domesticated because he’s very social and he sort of appeared out of nowhere and all alone,” Wiese said. “He seemed to be ostracized by the other ducks. They didn’t want anything to do with him.”

    It took animal control officers some trial and error to work out a system to capture Ferdinand. Finally, they hit upon using the car to carry a rope across the thin ice and herd Ferdinand to one side, Wiese said.

    FULL story: http://www.omaha.com/news/metro/lonely-domesticated-duck-plucked-from-ice-of-benson-park-lagoon/article_f6d76774-8ac8-537f-8987-fa775afa146b.html

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  • TwilightSporkle (1151 posts)
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    1. He looks delicious.

    (Sorry, sorry, I’ve just been craving duck or goose for the holidays…)

    In all reality though? You’ve got to be a real asshole to dump a domesticated animal. Especially one so thoroughly domesticated as a duck. Seriously it’s like abandoning a pug or something, it has no chance of survival out there.

  • NV Wino (1644 posts)
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    1. Ferdinand is a very handsome duck.

    I hope he finds a good home.

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  • alcina (251 posts)
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    3. Indian Runners are beautiful ducks

    I had a friend in elementary school who had one. Named Ferdinand, but she had named him after Ferdinand the Bull, because he liked chasing after red cloths. He was very affectionate.

  • RadicleFantast (778 posts)
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    4. He'll find a home in no time

    after being in the local news. I’d take him in a minute if it was my town. Kudos to those workers who went to such lengths to help him.

    We once had a small flock of black runners like him. They were very good foragers and served well as slug police; better than the pair of Cayugas we have now. One thing I’ll say, though, the flock had one active brain at any given time; not always the same leader, but whenever a duck had a thought no one else was able to think until that thought was acted on. I guess if you subscribe to flock mentality that would be a good thing — but funny to watch.

    I imagine poor Ferdinand is pretty confused without a flock. Being ignored by the other ducks suggests that he may have been raised alone and never learned proper duck etiquette.

    Mind telling us why you have a barn full of chupacabra?