Rubber ducky, you’re the one

24 August 2014

ANU Shop will be hatching a new gift on Open Day that’s expected to cause a flutter of sorts, especially for those who love having a bath.

Measuring 7.5 centimetres high and in the University platinum blue colour, a specially designed rubber duck, named Etta, is set to increase the campus duck population ahead of next month’s traditional breeding season.

Etta’s name comes from Chenonetta Jubata, the Latin term for the Australian Wood Duck.

So why a duck? Well, they are extremely cute, and most people on campus have had some contact with the iconic Australian wood duck. They have become as much a part of the ANU community as the staff and students who are here every day.

Many staff and students have a strong affinity with the campus ducks and their offspring, and many have had to stop suddenly to give way to the feathered families when they take a shortcut across a busy road.

There is even an ANU Duck facebook page, and an April Fool’s day story on ANU ducks was a big hit.

During the Open Day celebrations on 30 August, 500 rubber ducks will be given away as part of a photographic competition.

They will also be available from the ANU Shop for $4.00 each. Expect to see quite a few of these on campus in the near future.

More information on the rubber ducks can be found at the ANU Shop website.