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The Mystery of the Vanished Duck

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I have a 2 year old call duck that has mysteriously vanished. We know that he disappeared in the evening and there is no sign of any struggle. I couldn't find him, so I wasn't able to lock him up for the night and I just assumed he would be back in the morning. He has been gone for a bit less than a day and his mate is sitting on eggs. She was very distressed when she came out to eat and couldn't find him. I have checked all over the yard and in neighboring ponds, but he is nowhere to be found. He sometimes goes under our deck, but he wasn't there! He has been getting more and more adventurous and flying out of the fenced in yard. Is it possible that he just went out to find a new mate or do you think he was snatched by a predator?
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I had something similar happen to one of my mine also. One of my females randomly after 4 years took off from the yard and I wasnt sure why and she has never returned it has been three weeks I also searched around the area and nowhere to be found unfor. None of my others have ever left the yard when they have free range during the day.

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Now the plot really thickens. My neighbor has reported seeing a duck that looks exactly like ours (his name is peanut). He hung out yesterday at there pond and chased the much larger males around.This neighbor has also said that two of her ducks went missing (a male and a mama with her chicks). My suspicion is that they all are together, the mama duck can't ran off, and the males are fighting. We still need to get permission to look at another neighboring pond where they could possibly be.
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I just went over to the other neighbor with the pond, and he has not seen any ducks inside of it. The other two ducks have returned, but no peanut. I have made flyers to put in mailboxes now.
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