The Curse of the Labrador Duck: My Obsessive Quest to the Edge of Extinction


The Curse of the Labrador Duck follows fowl biologist Glen Chilton in his obsessive try and discover the mysteries of 1 of the world's such a lot enigmatic birds. In an unexpectedly zany event that took the writer the similar of 3.3 occasions all over the world, the result's a story of robbery, wartime atrocities, insane millionaires, intrigue within the center East, and thin dipping.

The Labrador Duck is usually pointed out within the similar breath because the Passenger Pigeon, the Dodo, and the good Auk—great species that after roamed the planet. The Labrador Duck grew to become extinct someplace round 1875. it's the such a lot enigmatic chook in North the US, partly since it bred to this point north that no checklist exists of its breeding, and in part since it grew to become extinct almsot prior to we famous it used to be in decline. The Curse of the Labrador Duck chronicles Chilton's adventures whereas trying to research each filled specimen of the species, do genetic research of each Labrador Duck egg, and stopover at each North American web site the place the duck used to be shot.

When Chilton started his research, there have been considered approximately fifty specimens scattered among the museums of Europe, North the USA, and the center East. even though, as his research complex, it used to be transparent that a few specimens were misplaced to warfare and robbery, and others have been secreted away in far-flung collections overseen via miserly curators. After traveling the identical of greater than 3 times world wide, Chilton was once in a position to learn what amounted to fifty-five specimens in overall, even though one became out to be a forgery and a number of other others have been tampered with via unscrupulous taxidermists. unfortunately, genetic research confirmed that not one of the eggs attributed to the Labrador Duck have been real, even those who had escaped the bombing of Dresden. at the optimistic aspect, the writer earned quite a few hangovers, swam bare in a glacier-fed movement, dined with Russian gangsters, and was once capable of narrowly stay away from arrest in long island urban.

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