May. 28th, 2015

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FAIRBANKS — The sequel is rarely as funny as the original, but that didn’t stop a team of ducklings from committing a copycat crime Wednesday when they wandered into a Fairbanks hardware store.

The raft, as a group of ducks is often called, breezed in through the front door of the Alaska Industrial Hardware store on Airport Way on Wednesday afternoon.

The move mimics the meanderings of a young male beaver that found his way into a Lowe’s hardware store on the Johansen Expressway two weeks ago.

The five ducklings, each about the size of a tennis ball — or cordless drill battery pack — likely didn’t realize the derivative humor of their situation, but, as they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

To get to the store, the ducklings had to cross the four lanes of traffic that make up Airport Way, according to store employee Tammy Medeiros.

After entering the hardware store, the team of ducklings made its way toward the pressure washers.

Employees called Fairbanks North Star Borough animal control to report their duckling infestation, and were referred to the Fairbanks office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The federal service would hold jurisdiction over migratory waterfowl inside a hardware store — or seemingly any other type of store — according to Alaska Department of Fish and Game Spokeswoman Cathie Harms.

The tale turned tragic for one young duckling that took a wayward venture under a vending machine before Fish and Wildlife could arrive on scene, but technicians were able to safely remove the rest of the loitering litter from the hardware store without incident.

No one from the Fish and Wildlife Service could be reached for comment on deadline Wednesday, but Harms said the ducklings likely would be placed with one of two options. If the mother could be located, the ducklings most likely would be reunited with her. If she could not be found, the ducklings likely would be placed in the care of a licensed wild animal caretaker, who would raise them to adulthood and release them back into the wild.

Haha wow, the animals seem attracted to hardware stores lately. :P Next there's gonna be a moose in Home Depot lol. I hope they can be reunited with their mom!

Also, wow: It’s been a warm, dry spring for much of interior Alaska. On the afternoon of May 23, a new statewide record was set for the earliest day in the year with a temperature in the 90s. A daytime high of 91°F was noted by a cooperative observer in Eagle. Crazy! I'm glad it cooled off and we're getting some rain..

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