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RE: Ducks Hatched at Hotels...

Jesse, the renowned Peabody here in Memphis is famous for it's ducks -
they're a must see for visitors to the city.  The hotel has a large
fountain in the lobby and a cadre of ducks that are housed in very posh
pens on the roof.  They have trained the ducks and twice a day their
full time handler walks them into an elevator and down to the lobby
where they march to the fountain for some swim time.  It's quite the
thing and people from all over the world have attended the 'events'
taking untold numbers of pictures.  After the swim and time to bask in
the adoration of the crowd, they march back into the elevator and head
back up to the roof.

Zone 7 - West TN

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Jesse Bell
Sent: Friday, May 05, 2006 8:18 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Ducks Hatched at Hotels...

Ya know...I've heard of other hotels that do the same thing. There is
one that has had a duck hatch her babies for years...the Peabody Hotel
or something like that and it's a yearly event. When I lived in K.C.,
the church I belonged to had an enclosed courtyard and every year a
mallard duck would fly in there, lay eggs, hatch them and the church
employees would block off the hallways and escort her and the babies
outside to the pond. It was awesome.


Donna <gossiper@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
  I am amazed they let her hatch the eggs there. Must
be a friendly people duck, cause I can't see them
letting the duck scare away customers trying to get in
the door... 


--- Marge Talt wrote:

> DC duck story: A mallard has for the 2nd year in a
> row set up her
> nest in a planter in front of a very busy downtown
> hotel, the Ritz
> Carlton. Well, eggs hatched and she waddled into
> the hotel lobby
> with ducklings (wish I'd seen pix of THAT). All
> were transported via
> limousine to the Potomac river - same place they
> took them last year
> - to let them go. The called them the Ritz
> Quackers:-) Cracked me
> up. I believe staff fed her all sorts of goodies
> from the restaurant
> and kept a good eye on her during her egg sitting -
> so guess she
> figures this is a great place to make a nest and
> will keep on coming
> back. No sign of a Mr. Mallard...
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
> Shadyside Garden Designs

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