Daisy the duck’s Ash­bur­ton ad­ven­tures

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - ERIN TASKER

If you live in the Ash­bur­ton sub­urb of Al­len­ton, there’s a fairly high chance you’ve met Daisy.

She sits on houses, peers through win­dows and has a Face­book page ded­i­cated to her many ad­ven­tures, even though she wouldn’t know the first thing about com­put­ers or the in­ter­net.

Daisy is a duck, and she’s be­com­ing well-known around the town for her friendly and in­quis­i­tive na­ture. The woman who hand-reared her af­ter find­ing Daisy and her seven sib­lings hud­dled in the mid­dle of the road, their mother dead on the verge, wouldn’t be sur­prised if she wan­dered into peo­ple’s homes.

Jo Met­calf found them on a Geral­dine back-road late last year, col­lected them up, and the Met­calfs’ home be­came the ducks’ home. They’d run around in­side and climb up their sur­ro­gate fam­ily’s legs when they were sit­ting, snug­gling up like a cat might do.

‘‘That’s why they aren’t shy about go­ing in­side be­cause I would just call them and they would come run­ning.’’

Un­for­tu­nately, six didn’t make it, but two sur­vived. They lived hap­pily with the Met­calfs and their two dogs, two cats, two bud­gies, cock­atiel, chin­chilla and tank of trop­i­cal fish un­til about Fe­bru­ary this year, when they just be­came too big, too messy and too loud – they have quite a honk on them – for a sub­ur­ban home.

So the Met­calfs set them free at a pond, and it’s now been months since they saw them.

Then, one day Met­calf saw a post on Face­book ask­ing if any­one had lost a pet duck.

The post was from Al­len­ton res­i­dent Sarah Lye. Daisy had sat on the Lye’s doorstep and Lye reached out to touch her, think­ing that would scare her away, but it didn’t so she stroked her and then to her amaze­ment, Daisy let her pick her up.

Think­ing she may have been some­one’s pet, Lye took to Face­book to find her owner, and found Met­calf.

Hav­ing learnt about Daisy’s back­ground, Lye started a Face­book page, The Ad­ven­tures of Daisy Duck –World Fa­mous in Ash­bur­ton. Within days, she had more than 100 ‘likes’.

‘‘I started it be­cause I want peo­ple to know who she is. I thought she was dan­ger­ous at first and was try­ing to get rid of her, and would hate for her to get hurt when all she wants is at­ten­tion,’’ Lye said.

ERIN TASKER/STUFF

Daisy the duck peers through the win­dow at the EA Net­works Cen­tre gym.

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