Friday, June 12, 2009

Hundreds of ducks appeared "from nowhere"

The late appearance of a large flock of gray ducks with no wildlife tags or previous known history in Point Barrow, Alaska, has wildlife officials and biologists puzzled... especially now that preliminary studies show the ducks have remarkable genetic similarities among the all-female flock.

Anonymous sources claim that a number of the ducks, whose blood was sampled as part of a wider study, may have the same DNA--that they may be clones, in other words.

Wildlife and Agriculture officials have declined to offer comment or speculate as to the flock's origins, but an ornithologist at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks suggests that the birds may have escaped or been released from a cloning lab in the Pacific Northwest. "The first sightings of this flock took place in the Vancouver, Washington area; they were headed south from somewhere in Oregon or California."

The sources went on to claim that two animal-rights organizations in Oregon have attempted to claim responsibility for the release, but neither has been able to specify where the birds originated.

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