Luv-a-duck! New arrival at Puerto Santiago enchants visitors
Tourists visiting a tiny cove in the south west of Tenerife are going quackers over a strange new arrival.
Because a sprightly Moscovy duck settles down with them when they are picnicking or sunbathing at the Playa Chica Beach at Puerto Santiago.
Michelle Greaves, sales director for Delmar Estate Agency in Los Gigantes, who loves ducks, said:”The duck resides just below the Fishermans Inn restaurant.
“You can often see it of a morning when the ladies are cleaning up and it regularly joins people under their parasol while sunbathing
“At night time, it seems to fly off towards the rocks and stays there the night,” she explained.
“I was surprised it came back after the fireworks on the beach but it’s obviously very tame and not scared at all.”
Michelle added:” I love ducks but it’s such a rare sight here, especially that breed.
“I sincerely hope it doesn’t get frightened over the summer with the children and stays forever our very own little Playa Chica duck.
“But I’m still I wondering how it happened to come across our little area…?”
Another ex-pat local said:”The duck is ever so friendly. It’s become part of the local scene — it only seems unusual now to first-time visitors.”
Research shows Muscovy ducks had been domesti-cated by various Native American cultures in the Americas when Columbus arrived in the Bahamas.
The first few were brought onto the Columbus ship Santa Maria they then sailed back to Europe by the 16th century.
The Muscovy duck has been domesticated for centuries, and is widely traded as “Barbary duck”.
Muscovy breeds are popular because they have stronger-tasting meat—sometimes compared to roasted beef—than the usual domestic ducks which are descendants of the mallard (Anas platyrhynchos).
They are also less noisy, and sometimes marketed as a “quackless” duck.
However, even though they are not completely silent, they don’t actually quack — except in cases of extreme stress.
Meantime, the duck remains nameless … any suggestions?