NY: Raised by Staten Island's John Karl, duck is stuck on caretaker

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    Raised by Staten Island's John Karl, duck is stuck on caretaker


    [​IMG]Duck Duck was about six weeks old when a friend handed him to John Karl. Usually, Karl will tend to a duckling when it's young and release it to the wild when it's old enough, but this one didn't want any of that. Staten Island Advance/Mark Stein

    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- John Karl normally cares for ducks temporarily, before letting them loose to live at Jack's Pond. But not always. When he went to release one feathery friend given to him more than a year ago, the duck didn't cooperate.

    "He came running back, and he's never stopped," said Karl, of his pet named Duck Duck. "He makes for a great pet. He's like a dog – wherever I go, he follows me."

    A year-and-a-half old, the white feathered, bright-beaked creature was spotted sitting on Karl's lap last Wednesday as he maneuvered through an Eltingville shopping plaza on Amboy Road.
    Karl, a paraplegic since the age of 11, uses a wheelchair to get around. The pet usually spends its days in the back yard, but relaxes indoors at night.

    The duck eats sliced tomatoes and cucumbers, cherries, lettuce and grapes, but never bread.
    Duck Duck was about six weeks old when a friend handed him to Karl. Usually, Karl will tend to a duckling when it's young and release it to the wild when it's old enough, but this one didn't want any of that.

    "He's never spent a day outside at night," said Karl, who lives near Jack's Pond, an area known for attracting birds and fowl.

    "I have about 30 of them," he said of the ducks at the pond, adding that chickens, peacocks and turkeys have also been pets over the years. "But this is the only one that's imprinted on me."
    Sometimes, Duck Duck accompanies Karl on two-hour kayak rides.

    Curious shoppers wandered to the Great Kills man to catch a glimpse of his pet. As Karl told the story, folks snapped pictures and held the duck.

    Each time he said its name, the white animal quacked.

    As Iris Pilutis of Dongan Hills held him close, she smiled.
    "I love him!" said Ms. Pilutis.
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