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Friday, 22 August 2014

Longlands duck shot dead

A DUCK who was a favourite with children has been shot and killed at Cleator.

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Peanuts: Was popular with children

For five years the vividly coloured drake has lived on Longlands Lake but was found dead a few days ago.

At first it was thought the Muscovy had been savaged by a dog but bullet holes were later found in his throat.

Peanuts – named for his love of eating nuts – became a favourite with children and adults visiting Longlands. Soon he was expected to mate with Missi, his Muscovy partner who is said to be missing him.

Dawn Butterworth and Marie Preston, from Egremont, are among those who help care for all the ducks and geese at Longlands.

Dawn said: “Peanuts was loved by everybody, he and Missi loved each other and she is pining for him. For somebody to do this terrible thing is appalling. We are very distressed about it. After being shot it looks as though this much-loved duck dragged himself away to die under a tree.”

Efforts are now being made to find a new partner for Missi in the hope of them mating and having some Muscovy ducklings for a safe home on Longlands.

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