Some Holiday Celebrations Are Real

…quack ups. I won’t miss it next year.

[June 5] Today is Dead Duck Day. Like last year, the short open-air ceremony is open to the public. Please come and commemorate the sudden and dramatic death of the mallard duck that entered the scientific literature as the first ever recorded victim of homosexual necrophila in this species, and discuss (new) ways to prevent birds from colliding with glass.

Wait…?! What’s that you say? Dead ducks doing…what?

Sad, but true.

The first case of homosexual necrophilia in the
mallard Anas platyrhynchos
(Aves: Anatidae)
Moeliker, C.W., 2001 – The first case of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard Anas platyrhynchos
(Aves: Anatidae) – DEINSEA 8: 243-247 [ISSN 0932-9308]. Published 9 November 2001
On 5 June 1995 an adult male mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) collided with the glass façade of the
Natuurmuseum Rotterdam and died. An other drake mallard raped the corpse almost continuously
for 75 minutes.
Then the author disturbed the scene and secured the dead duck. Dissection
showed that the rape-victim indeed was of the male sex. It is concluded that the mallards were
engaged in an ‘Attempted Rape Flight’ that resulted in the first described case of homosexual
necrophilia in the mallard.

Almost sounds like the result of a grant from the NEA, doesn’t it?

6 Responses to “Some Holiday Celebrations Are Real”

  1. JeffS says:

    A grant for a bad p0rn movie, in fact.

  2. Retread says:

    This guy watched for 75 minutes?!

  3. All in the name of research, my good friend.

  4. Dave J. says:

    Dead duck is tasty. If I had to eat the same thing for every meal the rest of my life, it would be the Green Curry Duck at Rod Dee, a hole-in-the-wall Thai place in Coolidge Corner, Brookline, Mass.

  5. Ebola says:

    I can’t resist: A fowl play was caught in the act. Ten O’clock news now reports that the suspect was indeed quackers. 😛

  6. Ebola says:

    After the scene was feather dusted for prints, it was left to the state to foot the bill. The corpse covered in duck sauce was later taken to the morgue. 😛

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