Wednesday , April 14 2021

A real tangerine duck in Burnaby Park, BC, could be an escaped pet



BURNABY, B.C. – A short duck born in East Asia promotes an impression on the Vancouver Eastern lake, and experts believe that he is a savior.

Mandarin duck, with its dynamic golden, green and blue hops, attracts visitors to Lake Burnaby and was first seen in May, says Irene Lau, chairman of the Burnaby Lake Park Association. A similar poultry in New York has also created crowds.

Lau saw a male duck in the park at the end of September.

This is not the first time you see a mandarin duck in this park, she says.

Records show that around 10 years ago, the mandarin duck was observed in this area, although she adds that there is only one record.

"It just popped in and out."

Mandarin Duck is a further cousin of wild ducks who has called for a park at home, since they were first observed in 1960, she says.

In the seventies, the Park Association began laying nesting boxes for them, so that the ducks began to spend the winter at the lake.

These birds not only slide on the water and go down the hall, but often sit in the trees, says Lau.

"They have little hooks on their scalloped legs that allow them to fertilize trees."

Doctor Harold Eyster, a British Columbia University's biodiversity and conservation specialist, says it's possible that this bird is a fugitive because these birds are popular garden ornaments.

Probably there's nothing in the book that you can not keep tangerine ducks like pets, says BC SPCA statement.

Geoff LeBaron, director of the National Audubon Society for Fish Birds, says duck is a very popular bird with people who spawn waterbirds, so this bird could be an escaped pet.

He says that for many years 1980s-1990s. A few surprising numbers of mandarin ducks, which probably came from growers, were observed in this area in the years.

Mandarin ducks can divorce with a tree duck and create hybrids, says LeBaron.

In the wild, they live up to five to seven years.

"It could have been there for quite some time," he says.

Lau believes that the duck escaped from the hobby farm and said that people in the park largely left him alone.

The park also has a bobcat family and waters, although he dodges them depends on how clever he is, she says.

"But he could stay for the whole year, because life in the lake is quite good," Lau adds with wobbling.

Canadian press


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