Employees first noticed Moose on a pond near their business and took to feeding him and building up his trust so that he could be safely rescued. After many months of diligent attempts, rescuers finally nabbed this gorgeous guy safely utilizing a net gun!
Moose is cross between a Muscovy and (judging by size and color) Rouen duck. Hybrid Muscovy ducks are referred to as "mules" because they are infertile. Since it is illegal to breed Muscovy ducks without a permit anyway, this shouldn't matter to his new owners.
Moose is currently pretty shy, but we expect that all to change once he settles in. Muscovy ducks are usually quite personable and thrive on interaction, but we'll have to wait and see!
More updates to come as we get to know Moose a little better!
About Muscovy ducks: Muscovy ducks make wonderful pets! They tend to be very interactive and even wag their tails when they're happy! Quieter than other ducks, males make a breathy "Huch-uch-cha" sound while females trill & squeak.
Special considerations: While we are interested
in finding Moose his new and forever home, his new owners MUST have
a predator proof pen with constant aviary covering/protection overhead because
Muscovy ducks can (and do) fly and escape. Wing clipping is not enough--pens
must be 100% secure. We do not want any Muscovy ducks escaping into the wild
where they do not belong and are currently being destroyed in many areas.
Additional considerations: Muscovy ducks have
facial caruncles, which are very susceptible to cold and frostbite. They need
spacious indoor accommodations for freezing weather when they should not be
allowed to venture outside for long intervals (short intervals on sunny
afternoons is about their limit).