Surfing ducks delight Australian beaches during quarantine


Meet the Australian version of the Central Park Mandarin Duck.

A domesticated duck, named “duck”, has become a surfing phenomenon in Australia’s Gold Coast, where it is often seen riding the waves of Rainbow Bay.

Owner Kate Miller told the BBC, “I believe she is the only duck in the world.”

Miller adopts an 8-year-old duckling to raise her spirits during the coronovirus epidemic – and little did she know she would be a local celebrity.

“I could write a book on people’s reactions. Everyone is amazed and worried, and he always draws a crowd, ”Miller said.

The family began bringing the duck to the beach for surfing, and he quickly took to the water.

“We would catch a wave and he would just follow us and realize it was fun,” Miller said.

Australian Surfing Duck.
A domesticated duck, named “duck”, has become a surfing phenomenon in Australia’s Gold Coast, where it is often seen riding the waves of Rainbow Bay.
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“When we open the bottle of sunscreen he can honestly smell it,” Miller said.

The duck is reminiscent of the multicolored Mandarin duck which attracted crowds to the Central Park pond in late 2018.

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