November 20

Who has lost their domestic duck?

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Janice sent us this photo earlier this morning, along with this note:

“This morning I found a guest in our backyard, a very pretty Cayuga Duck. I thought at first that it was a sick or injured wild duck…it let me walk right up and pick it up with a towel..but after a little Google work and a call to PAWS I am pretty sure it is a healthy domestic duck.

“For the moment it is sleeping on a towel in our bathtub but I am going to return it to our fenced yard in a few minutes. If there is any way that you can post a notice on the neighborhhod blog so that this duck can return home that would be great. For a point of reference we live on Northeast 95th Street just off of 15th Avenue Northeast.

“Thanks!”

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  1. Very cool, they are my neighbors and came by the house with the flyers. We had seen their duck yesterday in the neighbors backyard but he/she was gone. The owner just got off from active duty and missed his buddy.

  2. Happy update!

    The owners were tipped off via flyer and blog and just picked up their duck. It was a happy reunion.

    Thanks for your help!

  3. There is a flyer in the neighborhood of a lost duck. Could this be it? Whoever has it, the number of the person looking for the lost duck is: Kelly @ 253-970-4440

  4. I feel like I’ve heard domesticated chickens or ducks while walking my dog along 17th just a few blocks down. Could this duck be one of theirs?

  5. If someone can give this one a good home, that would be great. It’s best not to release domestic ducks and geese in our native wetlands, as they are more likely to carry diseases that can spread to wild waterfowl, they are more subject to predation there, and they sometimes interbreed with their wild relatives (Cayuga duck is a domestic breed of Mallards), introducing genes that probably won’t help the wild birds all that much.

    Editor’s note: Dennis Paulson, a Maple Leaf resident, is director emeritus of The Slater Museum of Natural History.

  6. We’re not missing a duck but do have room for one. We only take in rescues as pets. If the owner doesn’t come forward, look us up on our website or tweet @ducksandclucks . We’re close by.

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