Could a giant duck really be living in Abberton Reservoir, Ipswich? You bet Jurassican!
This week, wild-swimmer and duck enthusiast, Lorraine Fisher, 34, found evidence that the popular wetland site was home to a giant feathery friend.
Abberton Reservoir is the fourth largest reservoir in England with an area of 1,200 acres – plenty of space for a weighty waterfowl to wander.
It is a popular place for walkers but due to the recent drought, the waterline has receded, leaving these clear prints on display.
“I love ducks! Always have been. Abberton Reservoir is home to around 40,000 ducks, so I am a frequent visitor. I have been looking for the Giant Duck since I was a little girl – there were rumours of its existence but no-one had ever found proof. While I was walking along the water’s edge, as I always do, taking photographs of the mallards and hens when suddenly I caught my foot in these prints! What luck!”
Abberton reservoir investigation:
Mr Al E. Gator, 64, palaeontologist, has disputed Lorraine Fisher’s claims and had noted that these in fact seem to be 113 million-year-old tracks fossilised into the riverbed, left by a dinosaur known as an acrocanthosaurs.
The university professor noted that these dinosaurs were known as therapods, a “typical three-toed dinosaur which stood 15ft tall and weighed around seven tonnes!”
Despite his enthusiastic claims, Mr Al E. Gator has been criticised for his lack of insight. Some of the great minds of our time, such as avid Facebook user Phill Lashio, 25, recognised that “…the world is only 6000 years old!
Million years old history:
Even if it was millions of years old, as Mr Gator states, how does he explain these prints lasting so long? He expects us to believe that the prints would not be simply washed away by rain? This theory is not supported by the laws of erosion!”
Specialists have begun using the prints to track the Giganus (latin for Giant Duck) and while nothing has shown up yet, our researchers have been told that it is only a matter of time.
Some have theorised that the Giant Duck is in fact the reason that the area hosts such large numbers of birds and that it may draw them as bees to their Queen.
Since Miss Fisher’s discovery, waterfowl fanatics have gone quackers, battling to the site to see the prints for themselves.
Lorraine stated, “I am so happy that people are as excited as I am and I can’t wait to lay my eyes on this magnificent beast!”