Surfing duck delights Australian beachgoers during quarantine

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Meet the Australian version of the Central Park Mandarin Duck. 

A pet duck, endearingly named “Duck,” has become a surfing phenomenon on Australia’s Gold Coast, where he’s frequently seen riding the waves of Rainbow Bay.

“I would be confident in saying he is the only duck like it in the world,” owner Kate Miller gushed to the BBC. 

Miller adopted 8-year-old Duck to lift her spirits during the coronavirus pandemic — and had no idea she would be raising a local celebrity. 

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

The family started to bring Duck to the beach for surfing outings, and he quickly took to the water. 

“We would catch a wave and he’d just follow us and realized it was fun,” said Miller, who said that Duck loves to surf so much that he’s picked up on indications that Miller is headed to the beach. 

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

Duck is reminiscent of the multicolored Mandarin Duck who drew crowds to the Central Park pond in late 2018.

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