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A Duck With Issues; Eye of the Beholder

News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

By News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

Published November 25, 2014

  A Duck With Issues; Eye of the Beholder

After days of looking weary and walking lopsidedly, "Ducka," the pet muscovy, finally gave owner Vicki Hicks of Sydney, Australia, a clue to its behavior by coughing up a nail. Veterinarian Hamish Baron of the Avian Reptile and Exotic Animal Hospital ordered an X-ray, which revealed a small toolbox's worth of nails, screws and washers in Ducka's belly. The items had to be removed, one by one, in surgeries totaling five hours. Dr. Baron told Sydney's Daily Telegraph in October that though birds are attracted to shiny objects, Ducka's case was severe. [Daily Telegraph (Sydney), 10-13-2014]

The Osiligi Maasai Warrior choir, from Kenya, in ornate, mystifying native costumes and uncalled-for headdresses, happened to be touring the U.K. this fall, coinciding with the recent Paris Fashion Week in which the most celebrated designers from the "developed" world exhibited their wares, which often seemed as excessive as the Maasais'. Examples: Rei Kawakubo's "Blood and Roses," a red KKK-type swaddling robe with face-obscuring, pointy hood. Sarah Burton's skirt of oversized petals, accessorized with skull cap and chin strap. Junya Watanabe's dress with huge plastic puff sleeves of red and blue -- and vinyl see-through helmet. Julie de Libran's gown with earmuff-like chest coverings. The week ended with a street march of "Chanel girls" (most, Caucasian) dressed as garishly as the African Maasais. (Bonus: Some designers delightfully offered explanations of their often-inexplicable works.) [New York Times, 10-1-2014; Washington Post, 10-1-2014; CNN, 10-3-2014]

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