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Lucky Ducks

Seven ducklings are lucky to be alive after being pulled to safety from a storm drain in Ohio by Good Samaritans – but the baby mallards ultimately have their mom to thank for their rescue.

Columbus Discovery District Officer Bill Cobun was passing through a parking lot on the Columbus campus of Columbus State Community College Tuesday when he noticed an agitated duck standing near the grate of a storm drain.

The mallard was squawking as if trying to draw someone’s attention and appeared in distress, so Cobun approached the feathered critter for a closer look, suspecting that she might be ill.

Duck in distress: An agitated mallard was spotted standing near the grate of a storm drain in Columbus, Ohio, and squawking Duck in distress: An agitated mallard was spotted standing near the grate of a storm drain in Columbus, Ohio, and squawking

Stranded: Seven chicks had fallen down into the storm drain in a parking lot on the Columbus campus of Columbus State Community CollegeStranded: Seven chicks had fallen down into the storm drain in a parking lot on the Columbus campus of Columbus State Community College
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Hometown heroes:  Columbus Discovery District Officer Bill Cobun (left) and Police Lt. Dan Werner (right) answered the feathered mom’s distress call and came to her ducklings’ rescue 

When the safety officer made his way to the grate, he heard chirping coming from the underground nook.

As it turns out, the mallard was upset that seven of her chicks had fallen down into the storm drain and became stranded, ABCNews.com reported.

Cobun called for assistance, inadvertently alerting the college’s media relations coordinator David Wayne, who rushed to the scene of the duckling rescue accompanied by a videographer.

Meanwhile, college safety officers and Lt. Dan Werner, of the Columbus State Police, arrived in the parking lot and removed the grate.

The rescue of the trapped ducklings was captured on video showing the officers plucking the fuzzy yellow-and-black chicks from the storm drain and setting them free above ground.

Rescue mission: The officers remobed the grate, reached down into the hole and extracted the tiny trapped ducklings Duck tale: The officers remobed the grate, reached down into the hole and extracted the tiny trapped ducklings
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Freedom: The tiny baby ducks were released from their captivity, rushing to their mother’s side

Happy end: Once the ducks were reunited, they went about their business Happy end: Once the ducks were reunited, they went about their business

The tiny critters could be seen rushing to their mother’s side, one of them even flipping over in his hurry to reunite with his feathered parent.

Lt Werner, a self-described animal lover, said he was thrilled to help save the baby ducks from their predicament.

‘What amazes me is nature, how mama wouldn’t leave. She was staying right here. She kept looking in the hole to make sure they were OK,’ he said.

Once the tight-knit avian family were back together, the mom and her ducklings went on their merry way.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2345558/Lucky-ducks-The-heartwarming-moment-ducklings-fell-storm-drain-rescued-concerned-mother-looks-on.html#ixzz2XDsMFuKf

Groundsman finds duck nesting in OVEN!

For Missy the Muscovy duck, this dry and warm shelter would have appeared like the perfect place to create a nest for her eggs.

But the bird was dangerously close to becoming a roast duck after unwittingly setting up home in a large furnace.

Groundsman Mario Kopitski, 46, was shocked to discover the duck and twelve eggs nesting in the replica 5ft Norman smelting oven moments before he was about to light it.

Lucky duck: A groundsman was shocked to discover this duck nesting in a furnace - moments before he was due to light it Lucky duck: A groundsman was shocked to discover this duck nesting in a furnace – moments before he was due to light it

He was on his daily round of lighting three smelting ovens in the in the nine acre grounds of Mountfitchet Castle in Stansted, Essex, when he discovered the white duck and its eggs.

The 25-year-old replica oven is used for cooking bread and reaches temperatures of up to 200C.

Mr Kopitski said despite a variety of animals residing at the farm, including 25 other Muscovy ducks, peacocks and deer, none had ever made their nest in such an unusual place.

‘I’m so relieved I checked the oven when I did – otherwise poor Misty would have been toast,’ he said.

‘It was a real shock to see her sat there and I’m so pleased her and the eggs are safe.’

Home sweet home: The duck has now been allowed to remain in the furnace until her eggs hatchHome sweet home: The duck has now been allowed to remain in the furnace until her eggs hatch

Alan Goldsmith, who has been curator of the 200AD castle for thirty years, said the duck was incredibly lucky to be alive.

‘It’s awful to think that in a few seconds poor Missy could have been roast duck,’ he said.

‘We’ve decided to leave her there in peace until the eggs hatch in 28 days time and then her ducklings will join her around the grounds.

‘I just can’t get over what a close call she had, it’s been a complete surprise to all of us here.’

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1274401/Crispy-roast-duck-boiled-eggs-Groundsman-finds-duck-nesting-OVEN.html#ixzz2Wldd1GXQ

Crying fowl: lawsuit over bag of chicken nuggets

Chicken Joe's in Cos Cob. Photo: Helen Neafsey, ST / Greenwich Time

An intellectual property lawsuit between a popular chicken nugget takeout chain based in Old Greenwich in Bridgeport, Connecticut and two ex-employee brothers who launched a similar business catering to UConn students in Storrs is heading toward a trial.

Call it the Greenwich “chicken wars” — the owners of Garden Catering, which has eight locations from Mamaroneck, N.Y., to Fairfield, are crying “fowl.” The owners claim that Wally’s Chicken Coop stole their coveted recipes, business model and other trade secrets, and they’ve slapped Michael Natale and Jeff Natale, the owners of Wally’s Chicken Coop, with a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in New Haven.

Wally’s serves chicken “bits” and side combos in a pint-sized insulated food bag in the same manner as Garden Catering, which the lawsuit said is more than a mere coincidence. Their menu also features a breakfast sandwich dubbed the “Topsy,” which Garden Catering says is a blatant knock-off of its best-seller, the “Hotsy.” A bacon, egg and cheese on a roll with chili and home fries, the sandwich is named after its late creator,Frank Bertino, who worked behind the counter at Garden Catering into his early 90s.

The flap has James Doyle, the lawyer for Wally’s, planning to file a motion next week seeking to dismiss the case.

“It’s that ridiculous,” Doyle said. “All the claims are frivolous.”

Federal court records show this is the third such case pitting Garden Catering as a plaintiff against either a one-time business partner, franchisee or former employee. The previous two ended in settlements.

Frank Carpenteri Jr., whose family owns Garden Catering, issued a statement Monday accusing the brothers of concealing their plans to open a similar business and poaching at least one of their employees.

“I was longtime friends with Michael and Jeff Natale and was happy to employ both of them for many years when they needed work,” Carpenteri said. “When they told me that they were leaving to open in Storrs, they referred to it as a `burger joint,’ with no mention of the true focus of the business. We also believe that they sought to create a false impression that they were affiliated with Garden Catering in a number of ways, including telling their customers that they were `just like Garden Catering.’ ”

The 31-page lawsuit, filed by Greenwich attorney James C. Riley of Whitman, Breed, Abbott & Morgan, alleges that Michael Natale formed a limited liability corporation while he was still a Garden Catering employee and even discussed his business plans with a major distributor of the chain.

Wally’s tried to associate itself with Garden Catering on its Facebook page and Twitter account, according to the lawsuit, which seeks unspecified punitive damages and reimbursement of court expenses.

“They traded off the goodwill and name recognition that my family and I have worked extremely hard to create over the last 20 years,” Carpenteri said in his statement.

Doyle said Wally’s, located in a storefront 104 miles from Greenwich, is not a competitor and that his clients did nothing wrong.

“There’s no secret recipe,” Doyle said. “They don’t use the trademarks.”

In 2005, Garden Catering sued rival Chicken Joe’s — operated by Joe Marini, a former business partner of the Carpenteris — over the use of the name “High School Special” for its chicken nuggets and fries in a bag combination. The case resulted in a settlement, with Chicken Joe’s retaining the name and Garden Catering going with “The Special” for its signature menu item. Marini declined to comment on the feud Monday.

In 2011, Garden Catering sued two of its Stamford franchises on High Ridge Road and East Main Street for trademark infringement. The case also wound up in a settlement, with the two locations changing their names to Reddi Rooster. A message seeking comment from the owner of the two former franchises was left Monday at the High Ridge Road location.

“In my view, the cases are really unrelated,” Doyle said. “They’re certainly really litigious.”

Bertino’s daughter, Jackie Fabricatore, of Stamford, is siding with Garden Catering in the dispute, however.

“I honestly agree with them 100 percent,” Fabricatore said. “Hotsy is Hotsy. Hotsy is king. They should take (the Topsy) off the menu because the idea comes from my father’s chili.”

In a bizarre twist, Bertino’s son, who is named Frank, is suing Garden Catering in state Superior Court in Stamford. He alleges that the popular eatery neglected the welfare of his 91-year-old father.

Fabricatore lamented the actions of her brother.

“Frank Carpenteri and his family, they’re wonderful people,” she said. “They treated my father just like family.”

Source: http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Crying-fowl-lawsuit-over-bag-of-chicken-nuggets-4573592.php#ixzz2VFrFwZCX

Bad taste chickens?

Where did the Chicken go after it crossed the road? To McDonald’s, apparently. The fast food giant has launched a campaign for its new range of burgers fronted by people with the last name Chicken.

The campaign, called ‘Meet the Chickens’, introduces its new range of chicken burgers which include the McGrilled, the McChamp and the McSpicy. It features ads fronted by a group of 20 people with the last name Chicken, all of whom have given their “seal of approval” to the new range.

The light-hearted launch ad shows the Chickens all crossing the road together, and even one Chicken falling prey to an office prank of an egg on his chair.

The campaign was created by DDB New Zealand, with most of the Chickens hailing from New Zealand, such as Emma and Maureen Chicken. Jodie Chicken from Victoria is the only local resident featured in the ad. It launched on the weekend and is running heavily across television and the McDonald’s Facebook page.

Who knew there were that many people with the last name Chicken?

What do you think of the campaign? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Hen one minute, gone the next

Agatha with her owner Melanie Brookes.

Her owner Melanie Brookes launched a Facebook search to find her

A hitchhiking hen named Agatha, whose disappearance sparked a Facebook search, has been found 40 miles (64km) from her home in a Derbyshire village.

Agatha the chicken jumped on to a delivery van at the home of her owner, Melanie Brookes.

The driver did not discover the bird until his next delivery in the village of Hathersage.

Mrs Brookes launched a Facebook campaign to find Agatha and eventually tracked her down.

She said: “We didn’t know where she’d gone.

“We went out round the fields looking for her but couldn’t see any feathers, which you’d normally see if she’d been taken by an animal.

Agatha climbing into a car.

“A delivery van had been here dropping off pipes for our extension and I wondered if she had jumped on board, but my husband thought I was being silly.”

‘Such a character’

However, when Mrs Brookes phoned the delivery company to check, the manager said the driver had seen her jump out of the van in Hathersage.

Mrs Brookes launched a Facebook page to find Agatha, a two-year-old brown warren.

She said: “It took two weeks for us to find her. In the end, we spoke to a farmer and he knew the man who had found her.”

It transpired Agatha was found by a man who also kept chickens.

Agatha the chicken.Mrs Brookes, who has kept chickens as pets for three years said: “We haven’t stopped smiling since. We missed her, she is such a character.

“We think we might have to put a sign up asking delivery drivers to check they have no unwanted packages on board. But apart from that, there’s not much we can do. She’s so inquisitive.”