Kees Moeliker reminds us that Dead Duck Day is coming:
Wednesday June 5th it is Dead Duck Day again. At exactly 17:55h we will honor the mallard duck that became known to science as the first (documented) ‘victim’ of homosexual necrophilia in that species. Please join for this short open-air ceremony next to the new wing of the Natural History Museum Rotterdam (the Netherlands) where the duck (now museum specimen NMR 9989-00232) has met his dramatic end.
Here is what we plan to do during the 18th Dead Duck Day:
- Commemorating the life and death of NMR 9989-00232, and [new!] announcing exiting news about the duck specimen.
- [new!] Reveal (1) a ‘plaque’ that marks the spot where the duck hit the building and died on June 5th 1995, and (2) expose a bilingual sign that tells what happened right after the duck had died.
- Communicate recent observations of / publications on remarkable animal behavior, relating to the duck.
- After all this, everybody is invited to the traditional six-course duck dinner at the famous Tai Wu Restaurant.
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BONUS: Some of the history:
BONUS [written several days later]: An illustrated report about what happened on Dead Duck Day 2013