The Duck Rampage
Photo credit: wtvy.com
The people of Des Moines, Iowa, were besieged last Tuesday evening by a giant inflatable rubber ducky roaming the city streets. Residents watched in “horror” as the runaway duck mildly inconvenienced motorists on Southeast Sixth Street.
The inflatable animal named Quacky was owned by Youth Emergency Shelter and Services (YESS). He was on display in the city to promote the organization’s upcoming 11th annual Duck Derby—a race in which 37,000 rubber ducks will be released into the lake to raise funds for kids in crisis.
Due to strong winds, Quacky became untethered and began rolling down the street. He made it almost two blocks before coming to a stop. YESS staff members came to retrieve him soon after. The organization’s CEO, Stephen Quirk, later reported that Quacky was back home in his nest, safe and undamaged. At this moment, police don’t suspect “fowl play.”
I can only imagine what an unexpected addition to the commuter traffic this was. Might make you consider passing on that second beer, right?
Coffee out on the patio again this morning. No rubber ducks that I can see.