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Duck off the menu at Chester bar as young family gets rescued

Mother duck's 13 ducklings prove lucky charm as her family survives city life before ending back at the pond 

Duck may be on the new menu at Chester’s Revolution bar but staff deny foul play – insisting it’s not the same family of ducks who wandered into the city centre venue seeking sanctuary on Friday morning (April 8).

Barman Pete Mikulin was just opening the popular venue when he got caught up in a duck drama so epic it could be easily be turned into a double bill.

Scene one saw three men stop the traffic to allow mother duck and her 13 ducklings to waddle across busy Foregate Street as they ducked out of the way of cars and lorries.

Once on the pavement, the duck family appeared to be heading for a pint in Wetherspoon’s but soon turned on their webbed feet to head back towards Revs where a human mother and her three charges penned in the fluffy creatures for their own good.

The duck and ducklings in the foyer of Revolution in Foregate Street, Chester.

Barman Pete allowed the disoriented ducks into the foyer as a temporary refuge. A call was placed with CWaC (who else?) seeking advice but Pete, a biological science student at the University of Chester, was unimpressed when the council claimed ‘they will find their own way’.

Hero of the hour was the ‘old bill’ in the form of a male Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) who turned up on scene without getting in a flap. The ducklings were placed in a spare cardboard box and Peter held mother duck in his jumper.

The PSCO and Pete jumped in a squad car, complete with their duck dynasty, on what must have been the most important mission of the day. Arriving safely alongside the duck pond in Grosvenor Park, the ducks were released one by one.

Mother appeared a little eager making a dash for the water – perhaps aware of the new duck addition to Revs’ menu – before belatedly remembering to check behind for her brood. Before long the duck clan had paddled off into the distance. The operation had gone swimmingly.

Barman Pete Mikulin from Revolution prepares to release mummy duck from his jumper.

But the world may appear to have gone a little quackers as even Simon Byrne, chief constable of Cheshire, couldn’t help but re-tweet the success of yet another duck rescue successfully executed.

Duck companion Pete, 22, who is originally from the capital city but now lives in Chester, said: “It was a refreshing start to the day. I do like animals, I’ve got a pet dog at home in London.”

Offering this reassurance to the paying public, he joked: “The ducks we saved are not on the menu.”

The mother duck and her ducklings make a bid for freedom at the pond in Grosvenor Park.



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