Photos: 5,000 ducks go for a walk
Mon, 25 Jun 2012 12:32p.m.
A few times a year, local farmer Hong Minghsu takes his flock of ducks for a walk - 5,000 of them at a time.
A recent outing in the eastern Chinese city of Taizhou caused an internet sensation with photos of the stroll going viral.
Recreating the moment for Reuters over the weekend, Hong, equipped with only a long soft stick, walked his ducks down the usual route to a nearby feeding pond.
Hong, 70, said there were practical reasons for walking the ducks.
"The ducks will eat enough and won't feel hungry after I walk them. This is to save feed. Also the duck eggs and duck meat will taste better if I raise them in a wild way," he said.
There are around 10,000 ducks on Hong's farm. He has been in the business for more than 40 years and says he developed the ritual of taking his ducks onto the street over the decades.
Hong says he always manages to keep his ducks in a row.
3 News / Reuters
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