Pet duck turns out to be not so lucky

Posted: Sunday, April 11, 2004

RACINE, Wis. (AP) Jeremy Peterson sure was glad when his pet, Joe, came home until health officials told the teenager the duck had to go.

A city ordinance prevents homeowners from keeping ''livestock'' within city limits. That includes Joe, a white Pekin duck.

Joe ventured through an open gate onto the street near his home on March 11. His owners then put an ad in The Journal Times of Racine, which read: ''LOST: White Pekin Duck (looks like AFLAC duck), Joe. Last seen 1400 block of Hayes Avenue.''

A man found Joe on the street and took him to his friend, who saw the ad and brought the duck home.

The happy ending was told in The Journal Times which was how health officials found out about Joe the duck.

Jeremy, 13, and his mother, Teresa Schultz-Huissen, are now looking for a new home for their feathered friend.

They want a country setting and a pond, ''with endless visitation rights,'' Schultz-Huissen said. Jeremy said a home with other ducks would be good, too.

''He's kind of getting feisty because he doesn't have another duck to play with,'' Jeremy said.



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