Saturday, August 27, 2011

Troubled duck waddles into Edmonton bird store


Duck wandersJaynne Carre, owner of Wildbird General Store, poses for a picture in Edmonton, Alberta, on August 26, 2011. On August 9, 2011 a Bufflehead duck wandered into her shop were it was captured and released a week later. (RYAN MCLEOD/EDMONTON SUN)

Have you heard the one about the duck that walked into the Wildbird General Store?

Earlier this month, a small, injured bufflehead was spotted wandering the streets near the Letourneau Centre at 4752B 99 St., before literally ducking inside the nearby Wildbird General Store, at 4712 99 St.

"We just thought this must be the smartest duck ever because she sure came to the right place," laughed the store's co-owner, Jaynne Carre, of the bird's Aug. 9 visit. "Perhaps the duck can read?"

Carre has been running the store with her biologist husband, Lu Carbyn, for the last 10 years.

She said it's the first time a wild, feathered creature has stopped by unannounced.

"It was definitely one of the strangest days at the store," she laughed.

Carre was hosting a community event when the duck popped in out of the rain.

"A big storm had just passed through the city and my husband, who had gone out to his car, spotted this duck walking along the strip mall," she said.

"Just as he was about to catch her, two customers left our store and the duck snuck through the open door."



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