Another animal crime: dog attacks beer-drinking, bowtie-wearing duck in a pub

This just in from reader Krod, and the story, from The Poke, seems to be real (also verified in The Somerset News). You couldn’t make this headline up:

A duck known for drinking beer from a glass and wearing a bow tie got into a fight with a dog in a pub in Devon, reports the Cheddar Valley Gazette.

The duck, called Star, is apparently well known for accompanying his owner to various pubs, some of which give the duck his own stool.

 As sometimes happens when alcohol is involved, Star had a disagreement with a dog called Meggie – which also belongs to Star’s owner Barrie.

Barrie, of Chulmleigh, Devon, said: “Star pushed his luck too far and Meggie snapped – splitting Star’s bottom beak right down the middle. Star reportedly came out the worst for wear with a split beak, but after a visit to the vet is expected to make a full recovery. Add your own joke about the vet’s bill.

Photos of Barry Hayman and his duck Star:

From the Somerset News:

. . . . vets have reassured Barrie that Star should be able to take to the stage again and the injury will not affect the duck’s dulcet tones.

He said: “He just won’t leave me and so we go everywhere together. I’ve not trained him to follow me. He just seems to like it and he is one fantastic duck.

“He loves to come to the pub, where everyone loves him. He is such a personality and attracts so much attention.”

Star even has his own Facebook page under the name Star Hayman.

Indeed—you can find the duck’s Facebook page here.

27 Comments

  1. John Frum
    Posted October 15, 2017 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    A duck walks into a bar –
    Got any bread
    No
    Got any bread
    No
    Got any bread
    No
    Got any bread
    No, and if you ask again I’ll nail your beak to the counter
    Got any nails
    No
    Got any bread

    • Flamadiddle
      Posted October 15, 2017 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

      OK, that made me giggle. It almost quacked me up..

    • Posted October 16, 2017 at 12:10 am | Permalink

      😀

      • Stephen Mynett
        Posted October 16, 2017 at 3:51 am | Permalink

        A couple of cows are having a chat. One says “I am a bit worried about getting that mad cow disease, what about You.”
        The other replies “I’ll be OK, I’m a duck.”

    • RPGNo1
      Posted October 16, 2017 at 11:23 am | Permalink

      *snicker*

  2. Ken Kukec
    Posted October 15, 2017 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, well, one time I was staying at the Peabody Hotel in Nashville, and the elevator doors opened, and some ducks got on and accompanied me to happy hour. So drinking ducks may be the onliest thing we’ve got over here that’s classier than what they’ve got in Old Blighty.

    • Martin X
      Posted October 15, 2017 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

      Hmmm, Peabody Hotel that has ducks is in Memphis…not aware of a Nashville branch.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted October 16, 2017 at 3:07 am | Permalink

        That’s right, Memphis. I stayed in both Tennessee towns on that trip, and had them confused.

  3. Posted October 15, 2017 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    The obvious joke is maybe they can split the bill.

    • Jonathan Wallace
      Posted October 16, 2017 at 3:02 am | Permalink

      There will probably be one who ducks out of paying his share…

      • Diane G.
        Posted October 16, 2017 at 3:05 am | Permalink

        And another who growls about it…

      • Jonathan Wallace
        Posted October 16, 2017 at 8:00 am | Permalink

        They enjoy a beer but they get nervous if anyone suggests shots…

  4. Frank Bath
    Posted October 15, 2017 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful, as the generic name for a British pub is “The Dog and Duck”.

  5. Posted October 15, 2017 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    See that? If you had taken your Honey Duck out for a drink once in a while maybe she wouldn’t have left you.

  6. Diane G.
    Posted October 15, 2017 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    Glad the story had a happy ending and hope Barrie pays more attention to his pets’ dynamics from here on out.

    Love the pics!

  7. Posted October 16, 2017 at 2:08 am | Permalink

    I wonder if the split beak will heal (fuse) or if it needed to be superglued together.

    • Frank Bath
      Posted October 16, 2017 at 6:14 am | Permalink

      It does sound nasty.

  8. Bruce Gorton
    Posted October 16, 2017 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    I was actually looking for the story – but it appears to be an old report from 2015 that then got re-reported.

    http://metro.co.uk/2017/08/14/very-professional-duck-wearing-a-tie-pulled-over-by-police-6851722/

    In October 2015 Star hit the headlines after an altercation with a dog after returning from his favourite watering-hole The Old Courthouse Inn. Star came to blows and lost out to pooch Meggie – which also belongs to Star’s owner Barrie – who had reportedly become tired of his drunken antics.

  9. Diane
    Posted October 16, 2017 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    Just to let you know that Star has fully recovered. Sue is a friend of mine. Yes, to chaps above, the Peabody Hotel in Memphis is a must for tourists. Wonderful seeing the ducks parade to a Souza March.

    • Posted October 16, 2017 at 6:59 am | Permalink

      Yay! Where in Devon can we see this duck drinking beer?

    • Posted October 16, 2017 at 11:21 am | Permalink

      Would watch any animal parade to a Souza March. But the ducks probably rock it.

  10. Posted October 16, 2017 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    Reblogged this on jtveg's Blog and commented:
    A duck walks into a bar. 🤣

  11. Posted October 16, 2017 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    Poor duck probably had one too many and the Dutch courage made him stare down the dog.

    Dog was jealous of the duck always hogging all the attention so he snaps, pounces on the duck and splits his lower lip… er I mean beak.

    Duck is said to be making a full recovery. Once he sobers up. 🍺

  12. David Coxill
    Posted October 16, 2017 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Reminds me of the farting duck in the vicar of Dibley .

  13. Posted October 17, 2017 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    I think this story is “Fake News!” That guy is a quack! (Probably a shill for AFLAC insurance just to get ducks into the news and get AFLAC associations.)

    On Sun, Oct 15, 2017 at 4:05 PM, Why Evolution Is True wrote:

    > whyevolutionistrue posted: “This just in from reader Krod, and the story, > from The Poke, seems to be real (also verified in The Somerset News). You > couldn’t make this headline up: A duck known for drinking beer from a glass > and wearing a bow tie got into a fight with a dog in a” >


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