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Dead Duck Day 2020 postponed till 2021

The 25th Dead Duck Day, on June 5th, will be postponed till 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, public open air gatherings are not allowed. So be on the lookout for the special (postponed) 25th anniversary edition in 2021.

This year, Dead Duck Day will have only two participants – me and the stuffed duck, accompanied by a bottle of beer, just as on the very first Dead Duck Day celebration, 25 years ago.

Kees Moeliker

Of course everybody is free and invited to have private Dead Duck Day celebrations, anywhere in the world, to commemorate the dramatic death of the duck — and the tragedy of billions of other birds that die from colliding with glass buildings.

Photographic and/or video images of the private short Dead Duck Day ceremony in Rotterdam will be posted here and on social media. #DeadDuckDay

Here is a photo from Dead Duck Day, when a paucity of pandemics permitted people to gather together in celebration. (photo Maarten Laupman)

Ig Nobel Duck
The mallard duck that is a vital part of Dead Duck Day became known to science as the first (documented) ‘victim’ of homosexual necrophilia in that species, and earned its discoverer the 2003 Ig Nobel Biology Prize.

UPDATE (June 6, 2020): What Happened on Dead Duck Day 2020

Kees Moeliker writes

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the 25th Dead Duck Day on June 5th, 2020, went back to basics: me, the stuffed duck and a bottle of beer. The same setting as 25 years ago. Despite the low profile – and the announcement the special anniversary edition will be postponed till 2021 – still five spectators attended. Here is a photographic report. Image by Niels de Zwarte.

A full report appears on Kees Moeliker’s blog.

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