Calling it “a discovery that fundamentally transforms our understanding of how toy animals form adorable little monarchies,” biologists have uncovered the existence of a Grand Ducky.
The bright yellow ducky was first spotted in the Alzette River in Luxembourg City by a group of teenagers who were out for a night in Clausen.
Unwilling to get their expensive shoes wet to take a closer look, they contacted a biology student friend who alerted Dr. Winifred Intburger, a professor of duckyology at the University of Wiltz.
Intburger believes the Grand Ducky was among a group of plastic duckies that escaped years ago during a Duck Race, an event which used to be held annually in the Pétrusse River in Luxembourg City.
“This particular ducky, perhaps because he was more majestic, confident, or rubbery than the others, gained prominence in the group of duckies and was selected to be the chief,” she said. “He somehow obtained a plastic blue cap which he wears to show his status.”
“He’s so cute,” she added.
The Grand Ducky resides in what Intburger describes as a “grand duckal palace” on the banks of the Alzette, just across from the Pyg Irish pub.
“The palace is a network of nests made from river debris including sticks, leaves, and colorful bits of plastic,” she said. “The largest nest is reserved for the Grand Ducky and his life mate, an elegant yet allegedly feisty ducky we’ve named the Grand Duckess.”
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