Too Sexy for This Island

The UK is culling invasive American ducks because native quackers prefer to mate with the more-attractive introduced species.

March 17, 2015

"It is American, oversexed and over here, but the days of the ruddy duck in the UK are finally numbered, with the latest culling data revealing that just 10 females remain. The shooting of the final few—at about £3,000 a bird—will mark the end of half a century of occupation by the species. At their peak, their numbers reached 6,500 but their breeding prowess threatened the native European white-headed duck."

—From “Shooters set their sights on UK’s last remaining ruddy ducks,” Damian Carrington’s Guardian article about the plan to eradicate the amorous invasives by the end of the year


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