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By The Associated Press

May 31, 2002, 8:12 AM EDT

CHARLES CITY, Iowa -- A duck in need of a nesting spot improvised a little and made a home in the bedding plants at a Kmart garden center.

The mallard duck was first noticed by a customer a couple of weeks ago, said assistant store manager Linda Adams. Named Mama by store employees, the duck likely strolled up from the nearby Cedar River.

"It's been kind of fun," Adams said. "It's just been a little novelty thing. The kids seem to enjoy her."

Kmart employees put up a "duck with egg" caution sign to give the duck privacy. She's ensconced in a six-pack of gold, long-stemmed flowers.

Adams said the flowers probably won't be sold once Mama and her ducklings move out.

"She's made her bed in them and that's about all we're going to be able to do with them, I think," she said.

Copyright © 2002, The Associated Press


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