Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The story of Nebbeline

I chanced across an excellent photoset at Flickr, The story of Nebbeline (Ms. Freaky Beaky), which is the story of a duck with a very unusual beak. The photographer, Cynthia, aka tuxette, lives in Oslo, Norway. She met Nebbeline (nebb is the Norwegian word for beak) on a very cold, snowy Sunday in January while feeding the other ducks and taking photos. Nebbeline's beak is very short and curved up, and her lovely pink tongue sticks out. She looks like she was born with a birth defect. The duck version of cleft palette, maybe? Here's a closeup of that beak: While she was slightly smaller than the other ducks, Nebbeline did not look unfed. Still, Cynthia felt concerned and has brought special treats to feed the duck, such as crickets from a local pet shop. It looks like Nebbeline enjoys finger food. According to Cynthia, she even enjoys the fingers!


feitpingvin said...

Hello from the photographer! I found this site with the new cyberstalking tools that flickr provides. Anyway, thanks for posting the story and the photos! I'm very flattered. To give an update:

- I learned that the most likely cause of her freaky beak is that she probably flew into something and cracked the beak, and that it just grew back funny.

- As long as she can feed and preen herself (which she can), there's nothing to worry about.

- She was away for the summer (the mallards only come to that part of the river during the fall, winter, and early spring) but now she's back, and as plump and cheeky as ever!

- I think she may even had a couple of ducklings while away for the summer :-)


Mina Parker said...

Hello, my name is Mina, and I work with Horse Feathers Rescue ( you can find us on Facebook ) and we just got a duckling hatch who has a cleft palate beak. He eats well, drinks well, but his Momma and siblings kept rejecting him. Now his beak is not as extreme as the one you have here in your post, so I was thinking perhaps I could find an Invisalign Braces provider and perhaps make something that could slowly straighten his beak.

We're a 501 (C)3 not for profit, federally recognized Rescue of horses, ducks, chickens, cats, dogs, and occasionally people, so we run on donations. I am going to hope that maybe the provider, or a provider, anyway, will donate his time and efforts. Wish us luck!