A few blogs ago we wrote about visiting Lucy the Margate Elephant in New Jersey. Although Stretch enjoyed the outing, he told me that we should also blog about Long Island’s famous oversize animal, The Big Duck.
Our duck was built in 1931 by a duck farmer named Martin Maurer who used it as a shop to sell his Pekin ducks and duck eggs. The duck measures 18 feet wide, 30 feet long and 20 feet tall to the top of his head. His eyes are made of Ford Model T tail lights.
At Christmastime, the Friends of the Big Duck place a lighted wreath around his neck and sing Duck carols...I'm not sure of the words, but I do remember the chorus of Deck the Halls being changed to "Quack, quack, quack, quack...." etc.!
The interior only has one room at ground level that once housed the ducks and duck eggs, but now is a gift shop selling Big Duck souvenir items. Stretch says they didn't have any t-shirts in his size but he found something better.
The duck doesn’t have a name, although in a sketch from “Between the Lions” on PBS kids he was referred to as Moby.
Stretch says he thinks “Tasty” would be a better name. Hey, where did he get that duck dinner????