By Eugenia Melissen Ferrer
As you may have noticed, we have a new addition to our campus’ pet community. Although they were here before, they have yet to receive the warm welcome they deserve. All hail the campus ducks, here to join Dali, the mice and lesser known specimens for spring.
Nobody knows the story of how the ducks first met, but it must have been something along the lines of: male duck pursues – waddles after – female duck for three days until she finally acknowledges him. Or until he finally forces himself onto her. Either way, inseparable as they now are, all the hard work must have paid off.
Ducks have always entertained us, think Donald, Daffy, and Psyduck. Apparently there are also several duck video-games with intriguing names such as Deadly Duck, Duck Attack! …and Duck Hunt. Since it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more of the ducks these coming weeks, it can’t hurt to read up on your duck facts. We’ve selected a few for you, from the bizarre and funny to the downright disturbing:
- Male ducks are, surprisingly, more attractive and fashion-forward than the females. Some would argue that this is “like in life” (anonymous first year).
- Ducks are all for extreme sex, (attempted) rape and necrophilia are part of their regular repertoire.
- Another creepy fact: Ducks never sleep; half of their brain is permanently awake. They have an extraordinary ability to detect predators in less than a second. So keep in mind that however peaceful they look, a duck-attack is never ruled out.
- Most ducks are monogamous for the breeding season, but they do not mate for life. In other words, these campus ducks probably have a more rocky love life than you.
- Ducks eat whatever they can get their beaks on: grass, aquatic plants, insects, seeds, fruit and fish. This does not mean the campus ducks’ digestive systems are fully equipped to deal with Doritos, though.
- Very few ducks actually quack. Instead, they are more likely to squeak, grunt, groan, chirp, whistle, bray and growl. Ducks really are more complex beings than we give them credit for.
To round things up, here’s a tasty sounding duck recipe for when your Dining Hall credit runs out. And for those who have issues with fat, fear not: duck-fat is said to be good for you!
Oriental duck salad
Ingredients: duck leg, rice noodles, celery, carrot, cucumber, spring onions, hoisin and soy sauce.
- Heat the oven to 220C (fan), 200C (gas), or 7. Rub the duck leg all over with five-spice and seasoning. Place on a baking tray and roast for 25 min.
- Meanwhile, cook the rice noodles following pack instructions. Drain and cool under cold running water, then drain again well and toss with the celery, carrot, cucumber and spring onions. When cool enough to handle, remove the duck meat and crispy skin from the bone and finely shred.
- To make the dressing, mix the hoisin and soy sauce with two tablespoons water. Divide the noodles between two plates and top with the shredded duck. Drizzle over the dressing and serve.