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Duck claims fountain during UNM spring break

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An adventuring duck was spotted not at the  University of New Mexico’s duck pond, but at a fountain on the other side of campus, based on a tweet from Twitter user Jenifer Richards.

Richards said she spotted the wayward duck at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. She said she had never seen a duck at the Tribute to Mother Earth Fountain on main campus.

Willie West, a manager in the physical plant who oversees the grounds and landscaping, said ducks sometimes visit that fountain. And he said the lack of foot traffic on campus—students are on spring break— may have played a role in the duck choosing the fountain over the pond.

The wild ducks sometimes visit the fountain in the morning, and people scare them off when they get close to take photos West said.

The University of New Mexico’s duck pond is home to ducks, turtles and fish. West said most of the water-loving birds are undomesticated and came and go often from the campus. The university doesn’t keep track of the ducks and doesn’t actively provide care for them.
“It is its own little ecosystem,” West said.