You cant make this up: Duck gets Secret Service protec

#1
From CNN, original here.

Secret Service protects expectant duck
Treasury Secretary pays duck a visit

Friday, April 8, 2005 Posted: 12:50 PM EDT (1650 GMT)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Secret Service, which has the job of guarding the president and other dignitaries, now has a new temporary duty -- protecting a mother duck and her nine eggs.

The duck, a brown mallard with white markings, has had several names suggested by Treasury Department people, including "Quacks Reform," "T-Bill," and "Duck Cheney." It has built a nest in a mulch pile right at the main entrance to the Treasury Department on Pennsylvania Avenue.

The Secret Service's uniformed division, which provides protection for the White House and Treasury building, has set up metal guard rails to protect the nest, which has attracted the notice of tourists on their way to see the White House.

The duck has been provided with a water bowl and seems oblivious to all the attention, sitting calmly on its nest on top of the mulch pile that surrounds one of the new trees planted along Pennsylvania Avenue as part of a renovation project.

Treasury Secretary John Snow stopped to pay his respects this week on the way back from a congressional hearing, Treasury spokesman Rob Nichols said Friday.

"He had been briefed on the duck and he stopped to pay a visit," said Nichols.

The eggs are expected to hatch the last week of April at which time the duck will be relocated nearer water. But until then, the duck will occupy some of Washington's prime real estate.

"Foreign leaders, members of Congress, everybody who visits Treasury has to pass by the duck," Nichols said.
Completely quackers if you ask me...
 
#2
As a Yank, I'm all for it. I'd rather pay my tax dollars to take care of a few ducks, then some of the idiots we have in prison. Most of these guys we have in prison should be dead. However, that is another story...

I'm all for the duck!!!
 
#3
Phil306 said:
As a Yank, I'm all for it. I'd rather pay my tax dollars to take care of a few ducks, then some of the idiots we have in prison. Most of these guys we have in prison should be dead. However, that is another story...

I'm all for the duck!!!
Another balanced view from law enforcement, 'Merican style.....



My money is on them loosing off 541 rounds into the duck, missing, killing several innocent Japanese tourists, blaming it on an unhinged loner with a hunting rifle then all claiming film rights for 'being there'.

If they are called secret service, why arent they secret? Everyone knows about them. I know of more secret Man U players. :roll:
 
#4
The Lord Flasheart said:
Another balanced view from law enforcement, 'Merican style.....



My money is on them loosing off 541 rounds into the duck, missing, killing several innoccent Japanese tourists, blaming it on an unhinged loner with a hunting rifle then all claiming film rights for 'being there'.

If they are called secret service, why arent they secret? Everyone knows about them. I know of more secret Man U players. :roll:
Surely there's going to be a submarine involved somewhere, too?
 
#6
Putting an armed guard on a Washington family of ducks whilst the same government is tooling up to go drilling for oil in Alaska...

Preaching about "culture of life" when it involves a Floridian bulimic vegetable but getting all pissy when the Supreme Court tells them they can't execute retards and children anymore...

Sounds like pretty normal behaviour for this bunch, but I'm guessing the duck is a Bush supporter- what other kind of a retarded duck needs to be given water?
 
#7
We've guarded the nests of rare birds (Golden Eagles) in this country. I believe one "egg rustler" was bumped as he was about to help himself. He was rewarded with a fairly handy sized "clip round the ear" and an admonishment to "keep your thievin hands to yourself, or I'll cut em off and shove em up your ar*e! Try stamp collecting you tool!" Clearly, Bill Oddie has friends in high places. :wink:
 

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