Duck ruffles feathers in St Albans city centre

Buds the duck surprised shoppers today in The Maltings, St Albans. Picture: Lila Mendoza

Buds the duck surprised shoppers today in The Maltings, St Albans. Picture: Lila Mendoza - Credit: Archant

A pet duck waddled through The Maltings this afternoon on its way to the park.

Buds the duck having a cuddle with owner Terry Corp in The Maltings, St Albans. Picture: Lila Mendoz

Buds the duck having a cuddle with owner Terry Corp in The Maltings, St Albans. Picture: Lila Mendoza - Credit: Archant

Buds is a 26-week-old Gressingham duck owned by Penny and Terry Corp.

The white duck wearing a red scarf attracted lots of attention from passers-by this lunchtime.

Buds the duck was enjoying a stroll through The Maltings shopping centre this afternoon. Picture: Li

Buds the duck was enjoying a stroll through The Maltings shopping centre this afternoon. Picture: Lila Mendoza - Credit: Archant

Penny, who works in a school, acquired the eggs for a school project in March and Buds has now become a family pet.

She said: "I hatched five of them and we kept her. We have them for educational purposes."

Buds the duck garnered a crowd of shoppers in The Maltings, St Albans, today.

Buds the duck garnered a crowd of shoppers in The Maltings, St Albans, today. - Credit: Archant

Originally she was called Buddy as the couple thought she was a boy.

"Buds thinks she's a human. She's not interested in other birds."

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Terry told the Herts Ad that his duck likes swimming in the waters near Ye Olde Fighting Cocks - and he sometimes joins her.

"We get funny looks - some think it's weird and some people think it's fantastic."

If you want to find something a bit different in The Maltings this summer, this might just fit the bill.