It is sadly believed that a famous big duck loved by staff and students at the University of York has died.
The university has confirmed that the campus’ iconic bird, dubbed Long Boi, has not been seen for two months – leading staff to conclude it is dead.
Long Boi literally stood out among the university’s other waterfowl as it measured 70 cm in length.
He captured the hearts of people across York, particularly after reports surfaced that he was being “harassed” by the other ducks because of his extraordinary size.
The university said: “We recognize that this is not the solution many people have wished for, but hope that acknowledgment of his death allows us to focus on celebrating his life and remembering the.” to remember the time he spent with us.”
Wreaths of flowers were placed around the university, where he had become an icon for the heartbroken students.
The last reported sighting was on April 22, and students were urged to prepare for the worst after the duck’s official Instagram account told its 57,000 followers that there was a “possibility” the duck died last week .
Zoe, an administrator for the site, wrote: “Unfortunately, this disappearance raises a strong possibility that Long Boi may have passed away.”
“It’s unclear exactly how or when that might have happened, and we can only hope that if Long Boi is truly dead, he died peacefully.”
Radio 1’s breakfast presenter Greg James paid tribute to the mix of mallard and Indian runner and dedicated the song “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa to Long Boi.
The university had encouraged people to “do something for the local environment, such as feeding the ducks at the local pond or making a charitable donation in memory of Long Boi.”
“We continue to be grateful for the incredible fanbase who have devoted their time, energy and skills to celebrating Long Boi and the abundance of wildlife here on campus,” the statement read.
“During his time on campus, Long Boi brought joy to the staff, students, alumni and visitors to York.” “
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