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by Gigi Pilcher
September 13, 2003
Saturday 12:30 am
Ketchikan, AK - All summer long the wild mallards living at Bar
Harbor have delighted summer visitors and local Ketchikan residents
alike. The flock of ducks lives in and around Bar Harbor. Among
the wild mallards is one lone white duck.
Some folks refer to it as the
"ugly duckling" other call it the "odd duck"
but a human friend of the flock says that it may be a "trash
duck". A " trash duck" is a duck that was perhaps
some child's Easter present that may have become to burdensome
and was released among the wild ducks. This same source says
that there use to be two white ducks but one fell prey to a eagle
this Spring. Regardless of its parentage, the lone white duck
has been adopted and excepted by the flock.
photos & text by
Gigi Pilcher ©2003
Perhaps it really is one of the "rare, Alaskan albino mallards"
as one local resident likes to tell the season visitors. Friends
of the Bar Harbor ducks keep a sack of cracked corn to toss out
to the ducks on special occassions.
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