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Louisville pet duck 'quacks up' crowds

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LYNDON, Ky. (WDRB) You've heard the saying: if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it's probably a duck. However, have you seen one that doesn't? Meet Diva and her Louisville owner.

At first glance, some might not notice. "I thought, 'is that a dog or is that a duck?' Then we took a closer look, there was a duck on a leash," Meredith Carter said.

Six-week-old Diva has webbed feet, beak and all.

"She's wearing a diaper, which nobody's seen a duck in a diaper," Shellie Powell said.

"They're social animals like dogs are. That's why when you see ducks, you always see a group of ducks. So, she will be a lonely duck if I don't spend time with her," Powell said.

This isn't the first time her mama ordered eggs off a farm. However, it is the first time she kept one after her human daughters were going off to school. 

"I thought that it would be fun to have the eggs hatch on the day they graduated. So, it gave me something to look forward to and them to look forward to," Powell said.

She and her husband won't soon be empty nesters.  

"When I decided I want to keep a pet duck, he was a little like, 'ah, okay.' He's kind of used to my antics. I usually have something going on. So, it took a while of discussion, discussing how this was going to work and everything," Powell said.

The two are inseparable. "She goes a lot of the places I go. She's been to Barnes & Noble with me. She's been to PetSmart with me, she's been to Target, she's been to Walmart. She's been to the mall. So, yes, she's been to a lot of places," Powell shared.

She still has to get all her ducks in row, but she's hoping to use Diva to help others. "People just loved it and I saw that made people happy, and so it made me feel good, because I saw people made happy, and I thought maybe this would be a good idea to do as a volunteer."

Powell said the research for a volunteer duck isn't quite there. For now though, she's fine with being the dynamic duo and quacking up crowds. 

To follow Diva on Instagram, her account is divaduck01. For a visit from Diva, email Powell at divaduck01@gmail.com.

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