Giant duck disappears in Aspen |

Giant duck disappears in Aspen

Joel Stonington
Aspen Times photoRubber ducks were out mingling with the pedestrians on the Cooper Ave Mall, promoting the upcoming Ducky Derby.

ASPEN ” A large inflatable duck was stolen off a Main Street lawn sometime between Monday night and Tuesday morning, Aspen police said.

The duck ” mascot of the Aspen Ducky Derby ” has joined the sad and lonely fraternity of stolen mascots, from the Hickory House bear to “Fat Boy,” the Aspen Cooking School mascot who took a long vacation last summer.

Roughly the size of two cars stacked, the duck ” yellow, with sunglasses ” was on loan to John Olson Builders, a main sponsor of the Rotary Club’s 16th annual Lucky Ducky Derby.

A pump used to keep the duck inflated also was stolen.

Aspen patrolman Leon Murray said a witness saw a diesel truck and heard several male voices at some point during the night. He would not comment further about what the witness might have seen, or if police are nearing an arrest.

“I would hope it’s a silly prank gone awry,” said Murray, who mentioned that the owners and police might consider it water off a duck’s back if the oversized waterfowl returns.

Rotary raises money through the annual ducky derby for youth groups, scholarships and human services in the valley, and for international projects as well. In the last 15 years, the Aspen Ducky Derby Festival has raised more than $1.7 million, with an annual record of $163,000 in 2004.

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