THIS JUST IN: A baby duck with four feets

Yes, it’s true. It’s a duck and a half:


Cristal G.—Thank God you alerted us in time.



  1. Oh please let this be photoshopped! Please?

  2. Although with that gleam in his beady eyes I bet he won’t take no guff and he can use all four feetsies for a fast getaway.

  3. liquidnight says:

    What a cutie! I hope this little duckling thrives.

  4. Oh, now that’s adorable.

  5. icky…

  6. I love him 4 times as much as I would a regular duck.

  7. yep, from recent trends, we need a Cute or Scary catagory. 🙂

    and the photo is real, I heard about it elsewhere.

  8. this duckie has no limits!!

  9. I bet he swims faster than a jet-ski.

  10. violetgreen says:

    Scalpel! This looks like something that can and should be fixed.

  11. Now THAT’S creepy! Can the poor little guy walk???

  12. It’s been documented before – and the others (from what I’ve read) have been able to walk and swim just like other ducks.

  13. He’s so cute! I wonder if he walks on all four of them, like a cat or dog?

  14. How about a “super-yick” category? Sad and definitely not cute. 😦

  15. This made me think of those old wooden duck pull toys…the kind with the wheels on either side of the body, and two or three feet per wheel. You pull the duck, and when the wheels turn, the feet turn, giving the appearance of a quickly running duck!

  16. Does he have a set of wings, or a pair of feet instead of wings? Where is this happening!?! Yikes.

  17. This would be sad if it weren’t for the wonderfully mischeivous look in the ducklette’s eye…he’s all, hell yes I can kick everyone’s butt at speedswimming!


    article about “Stumpy” the four-footed duck

  19. Elizabeth B. says:

    Although this is fascinating, it’s also disturbing. Similar alterations in frogs, which are thought of as indicator species (because they’re highly exposed to pollution and easy to mutate), have been shown to be do to increases in environmental estrogens and other pollutants.

  20. horribly shocking. is this a genetic mutation caused by pollutants?

    totally not cute.

  21. pookiepuff says:

    Oh no! Poor ducky! I hope he’s not hindered by his extra legs! It’s ok little ducky! Just keep swimming! Just keep swi- miing!

  22. Heheh. Supersized duckie.

  23. Yeah… I was a bio major & I’m thinking along the same lines as Elizabeth B.

    (And was “Stumpy” really the best name they could come up with?)

  24. You know since sexual reproduction began… physiological anomalies have been thrown up by nature.

    And yes, more genetic abnormalities as a result of pollutants are occurring…..

    But this ducklett is still a cutey….

    So peeps- unless you are going to actually wake up and smell the roses and accept that what YOU as individuals do every day is causing these pollutants… don’t just sit there and barff and moan. Either DO something or just admire natures little hiccups.

  25. Cute little guy, but so sad he’s got those extra feetsies. If surgery is best for him, I hope he gets it.

  26. Hazel — oh, I’m happy to *do* stuff too. But ducklings with four feet (and frogs with five, etc.) just make me worry. I can’t help it.

    It’s probably why this post got categorized “Cute or Sad”.

  27. He’s still really cute!

  28. Actually, they’ve recently found that a lot of multiple-legged frogs come about as a result of them being infested with a parasite when they’re tadpoles.

  29. So the duck has four feet. I don’t find it sad or disturbing; I think it’s unique and cute. He might not have survived in the wild, but he’s not in the wild so that’s not an issue.

    I can’t understand why people feel sorry or are disgusted by variations in nature…sure, it’s a mutation, but not all mutations are bad.

    Of course, I’m all for allowing mutated babies to live (and am a mutant myself), and see it as something that stands out from the “sameness” we seem to have in this day and age. Long live the X-Ducks! *g*

  30. I’m never quite sure why with so many people different means icky? The sloth was icky, rats are icky, mutant duckies are icky. They are what they are. Enjoy the diversity in life, ya’ll!

  31. And now for something completely different: A egret with three buttocks.

  32. Actually, it’s quite likely that he’s the result of incomplete twin separation. There were ‘sposed to be 2 of him, but now there’s one and a half! It’s not common by any means, but not unheard of in birds.

    I giggled at the story where it says that he swims and uses the extra legs “as stabilizers” – I’d love to see video of that!

    yeah, it’s wierd, but if he’s healthy and thriving, then that’s just fine. he thinks the rest of us don;t have ENOUGH legs!

  33. I’ll drink to that, Ceci. *raises tea mug* Well said.

  34. lurkingsmirk says:

    Perhaps he’s just a more evolved duckie and fitter for survival!

  35. He’s like the centaur of the water-dwelling bird world. Kick ASS!!! He’s got twice the adorable waving webby foot action.

  36. But wait… is this a conjoined/consumed twin thing or a genetic mutation thing? Because I didn’t think that creatures born from eggs COULD be conjoined. *is very confused*

  37. Ceci- You’re a mutant? Do you have superpowers?

    j/k 😉

  38. Ms. Amanda says:

    Mutations happen. Was gonna say a bunch of stuff about evolution, but being the anthropologist that I am, I’ve learned that it’s not a great idea to bring up discussions involving evolution. (On account of people being argumentative and all.)
    p.s. not much in the world is as cute as a duckling, whether it has four feet or two.

  39. Many cat breeds are natural genetic mutations. Like the Sphinx (hairless), the Scottish Fold, the American Curl, the Manx and the Japanese Bobtail.

    Seeing the ducky with four feets is kinda weird in that fascinating, can’t take your eyes off it kinda way. But he is a cutie, like all little yellow duckies. I can’t say if it’s a natural mutation or one caused by pollution in the area where momma ducky laid her eggs or if it’s a case of two baby duckies in one egg…so I can’t go judging that.

  40. acelightning says:

    I do feel kinda sorry for the baby duckie. But as long as he continues to thrive – and, based on his spunky expression, I think he will – he’s got just as much right to his uniqueness as anyone else. Hang in there, little duckie!

  41. How can you say this is scary and “yicky”. The duck is adorable! 🙂 He or she is just shaped differently. Furthest thing from scary! *wants to pet the ducky*

  42. Aww, what a precious little baby. Two more feet simply means two more reasons to love this little duckling!

  43. Could be related to pollution, or incomplete twinning (before the eggshell forms), but sometimes genetic instructions get repeated by mistake. If it works, things like centipedes evolve from earlier non-repeated critters. The article I read said that Stumpy manages fine, so what the heck. Don’t know if he’ll be breeding, or if he’ll pass this on if so. Would love to see a video, though….

  44. That's just gross says:

    Gross not cute….ick!

  45. I want to see a video of him walking! I luff him!!

  46. Aww! Duckie feets!

    You know, there are people born with four legs, too…conjoined twins. I find it interesting, and this duckie is damned cute. 🙂

  47. Yum! Extra drumsticks!

  48. yea dont be mean to the poor ducky and call him yucky or scary =( he’s super cute and a survivor.

  49. Duckfluff!

    He’s a cute little guy. Don’t know where all the ‘icky’ comments are coming from.

  50. a bird with with wings, feet, AND hands could take over the world!

  51. Didn’t ANYONE besides me see the show on Animal Planet where they were talking about genetic mutations a while back?

    But anyway. The duck’s face is so cute. He’s all “Yeah, I have four feet. What?”

  52. Does anybody remember that the frogs with lotsa legs were caused by a parasite? As in, not directly caused by pollution? I mean, it can’t have helped, but still.

  53. OMG! So cute. I heard about this on the radio just a few secs ago. Would love to have such a duckie at home xD

    Really interesting though, how does it walk. Would like to see it, I heard it uses all 4 legs. (radio)

  54. pistache268 says:

    Does duckie have wings?

  55. This quadroducklet lives in the New Forest in Hampshire, very close to me. I wonder if I could go and see him? Would that be nice or just nosey?

  56. OMG OMG OMG OMG! I neeeeeeeed heeeeem! That’s the cutest freaking thing I’ve ever seen.

    I even swore I would never own a duck as a pet, but I neeeed him!

    Can we get video of him walking?

    (I don’t condone the intentional selective breeding of freakshow animals, but I totally totally appreciate when animals spontaneously arrive on the natal scene with superfluous body parts.)

  57. annoying little twerp says:

    What I find creepy isn’t the ducky-I like two headed snakes too-it’s that he was born on “duck farm”.
    Is it me more does it sound like he’s being raised for…um….food.
    Now THAT’S creepy.

  58. I’m into swimming. I would do anything to take him on in a race of laps around a swimming pool.

  59. 4-legged duck- thing that makes you go Hmmmm

    And don’t forget the Rexes in your kitty mutations. And aren’t Arabian Horses short a vertebra? that must be a mutation.

    Now I have been given the impression that a gene line inclined to mutate once will mutate more than that, so you have to be careful and make sure to outcross the lines or you get some unfunctional creatures.

  60. I have to agree with most and say that he is a VERY cute duckling, and I INSIST on video of him walking and swimming. In fact, I think he needs a website of his own, to watch him develop, all four feet of him.

  61. you put your left foot in, you put your left foot out, you put your other left foot in and shake it all about…..

    he’s a cutie – he’s got spice in his little ducky soul, you can tell by the look in his eyes.

    i read the article about this fella and he’s doing ok. the front feet are the ones that work.

    maybe they’ll perform surgical removal at some point – i’m not sure how tricky duck surgery is. i hope they dont bring him to a quack! (moan!! sorry couldnt resist)

    the surgery might be costly – there would probably be a big bill (moan! sorry sorry!! ok i’ll stop now)

  62. it’s a cute duck before it is anything else. but i can think of better names than stumpy to pin on him. he’s certainly got quite a duck tail behind him already…(giggle)…..

  63. ope, here i go with 7th grade Ms. Meier again. (she was the BEST teacher in the world!!!) well yea… so mutations are what get species to survive sometimes!!! like when these mice lived at the foot of a mountain they were all brown and had big ears, cuz big ears meant that they could keep heat out of their bodies. but then when they moved upward towards the snowy part of the mountain, babies were born with white fur and small ears to keep the heat in!!!! and then, they all eventually got that, or died!!! and have you ever heard of “evolution”??? it’s just another term for a MUTATION that helped a race to survive better!!!! oi….
    well, that’s my lecture for the day. and let me add OMG PON1ES!!!1! that is the cutest thing i have ever seen!! i lurve my duckies and yea… squee splode death!!!

  64. “you put your left foot in, you put your left foot out, you put your other left foot in and shake it all about…..”

    jen— too funny!!!!

    I saw this on the news but decided not to send it in for “obvy” reasons. *tops off coffee and pulls up chair*

  65. awwww <3 I absolutely adore animals with physical problems--- it's important that people love them just as much as any other animal! <3

  66. It sounded more like this is a random genetic anomaly than something caused by outside influences. I mean, if a woman has a baby who’s missing an eye or whose legs didn’t form properly, is your immediate reaction to blame her for it, or to assume it was just “one of those things”?

    I had a lot of friends growing up who were adopted from countries with poor medical care; a lot of them had physical deformities, and a lot of people made their lives Hell for it. I would suspect they’re the same kinds of people who would think a 4-legged duckling is “gross” or a science experiment waiting to happen. If Meg had only posted a picture of the ducky from the tummy up, it would’ve just been “Awwww, how cute, a ducky!” That doesn’t change just because she showed us the whole picture instead.

    So bravo Meg… and bravo Stumpy.

  67. Bravo peeps! A well-informed discussion about what could be a touchy subject, with respect shown by all sides! Can we give politicians a lesson?

  68. you guys, it’s a DRAGON, can’t y’all see? it’s got four feet AND wings, right? welcome to the world, baby dragon!

  69. Poor lil’ ducky.

    I’m with the worriers here. Some genetic mutations are definitely harmless, but I think it’s better to be safe than sorry. [sigh] I guess I have no right to bitch, though since I use plastic (although most of it is recyclable) but it’s really hard to be environment-friendly when most organic stuff is beyond my means.

  70. ollka– and yet, it has feathers….that reminds me of something from a harry potter book where there was a chicked that waas breathing fire or something….idk

  71. chicken**

  72. Special needs duckie! I’m sorry, but any special needs animal is immediately 10 times as cute. I’ll bet he kicks ‘tocks at duckie soccer.

  73. Elika-
    I’m flabbergasted.
    You’re right.
    There’s a tiny baby dragon right there.

  74. Bet that duckie is like a speed boat when it swims!

  75. Stephanie S. says:

    oh god! that’s so cute.. or is it so sad? But it’s so cute.. in a way.. but it’s also sad.. oh! god!

  76. Well I’ll say, ollka, it’s the cutest baby dragon I’ve ever seen!

  77. In response to Joha, yes, there are many multi-legged frogs out there who are multi-legged due to a parasite that infests the tadpole before its legs begin to form, not pollution. Most people believe, as we’ve been told for years that frogs are an ecological warning system, that any mutation in a frog must be due to pollution. It’s a recent discovery and I can’t remember where I heard it (class or Animal Planet), but I’m sure if you Google it, you’ll find some reliable info.

    I’d say that Stumpy here is just a one-in-a-million duck. So, unless other multi-legged duckies start popping up in his home, he’s just different.

    Also, kudos to little Stumpy. He’s sweet!

  78. Whoops, I forgot to add another detail.

    Yes, Joha, the mutations that the parasites cause aren’t good for the frogs. A good example of this is the frog with the most legs recorded, about 30. I believe it’s in an aquarium in another country. Local kids found it and took it to the aquarium, and the keepers there say that, because it has so many legs, it wouldn’t be able to survive properly.

    Basically, if the frog only has a few extra feet or so, it should be fine, but if it has a huge honking amount, it’s likely to get eaten or starve.

  79. Hmm, retarded ducks ain’t that cute… 😦

  80. It’s too bad that we all live in a world where different=gross. This is not “gross.” It’s absolutley adorable. And if I had my way, I’d send this four legged duck to give all the nay-sayers a few swift kicks.

  81. One time my twin brother and I had to draw a turkey for a Thanksgiving card, and I drew a very nice, adorable turkey, and then my brother says, “wait, you forgot something,” and adds on two more legs. It was so funny. He though turkeys actually had 4 legs AND a pair of wings!

    The duck is pretty cute, but I hope this was some freak occurence and not the result of human beings messing up the environment. Like those frogs that have 4 legs.

  82. Rosie: The fire-breathing chicken was just that – a chicken that was possibly bred to breathe fire. I’m thinking more along the lines of the hippogriff, but he had two taloned feet like an eagle, two hooved feet like a horse, and two wings.

  83. Why is he automatically “scary”? And why does he automatically need to be “fixed”? If the extra legs don’t harm him, then let him be.

  84. Azaria– that aquarium could make a killing with frog legs!!!

  85. Probably not. I think it’s a Far Eastern aquarium.

    Anyway, would you wanna eat something that’s been mutated by microscopic parasitic worms? Now, that, my friend, is ooky.

  86. Hmm… kinda puts “stumbling over your feet” in a new light.

    But seriously, I hope he does well. Stabilizers, huh?

  87. Omg I saw this article earlier & was thinking about uploading this to C.O. Glad to see I’m not the only 1 thinking a 4legged ducky is still cute

  88. I saw this duck on the news tonight it’s right (in the picture) front leg is dieing. I hope they take it to a vet or something.

  89. DuckLoverrr says:

    Personally, I think he’s cute and I feel a sorry for him. Imagine all the crap he’ll get at ducky-school! It’s not his fault anyway. So shh.

  90. That’s a horrible picture! Please take it off. The poor thing is a mutant who has no chance of living a normal life.

  91. I can’t help but be reminded of Mike the Headless Chicken:

  92. Interesting discussions about the duck, frogs, icky vs. cute, etc.
    My vote is, if he’s not in pain, leave him alone. Obviously someone’s feeding him so what difference does it make if he has extra legs. A few of y’all sound like he’s going to be tormented on the playground, fer heaven’s sake.

    He’s as cute as any fluffy ducky could be.

    As for the “why”, a few evenings with The Learning Channel and you can see all kinds of conjoined twins and other “deformities” that occur naturally. They’re not all or even mostly due to pollution or parasites.

  93. HAHA [edit] YO’ DUCK.

  94. Why ya’ll gotsta edit muh shyt about thaa duck? Ya’ll know it’s a punk. Ya’ll editors is punks! I will rap battle you any day.

  95. estivalfiend says:

    here is a video of stumpy.

  96. Lizzie – I’m pretty sure that things that come from eggs can have twins, because once I cracked open an egg to cook, and two yolks came out.

  97. You go on ahead & have fun with that, MaxLaur. While you’re visiting our house, though, we expect you to behave with some small degree of civility.

    – Punk Editor

  98. His name is Stumpy.

  99. chelonianmobile says:

    I heard they’ve also found this mutation in chickens, but KFC kept it quiet because they need to patent it. They’re breeding them so they can get more drumsticks from the same number of chickens.

    Sadly nobody knows how they taste, because they haven’t caught one yet.

    *obligatory lame joke*

  100. He can run very very fast!

  101. Danielle says:

    i found the cnn story.

    Duckling born with four legs
    POSTED: 11:46 a.m. EST, February 17, 2007
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    LONDON, England (AP) — Webbed feet run in Stumpy’s family, but he’s the first to have four of them.

    A rare mutation has left the eight-day-old duckling with two nearly full-sized legs behind the two he runs on. Nicky Janaway, a duck farmer in New Forest, Hampshire, 95 miles (150 kilometers) southwest of London, unveiled the duckling to reporters on Saturday.

    “It was absolutely bizarre. I was thinking ‘he’s got too many legs’ and I kept counting ‘one, two, three, four,”‘ Janaway said.

    Stumpy would probably not survive in the wild, but Janaway, who runs the Warrawee Duck Farm in New Forest says he is doing well.

    “He’s eating and surviving so far and he is running about with those extra legs acting like stabilizers,” Janaway said.

    The mutation is rare, but cases have been recorded across the world. One duckling named Jake was born in Queensland, Australia, in 2002 with four legs but died soon after.

    Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


  103. rubber duck says:

    Yep, it looks more like incomplete “twinning” than any mutation. And yes, my heart had an extra beat when I first caught sight of this photo, as it was not what I expected to see. However, unlike in some cases where two twins do develop but are incompletely separated and e.g. share a heart that may not suffice to support both twins, this little duckling is, according to the story, doing perfectly well at least while properly provided for. Best wishes to the little fluffy fellow.

  104. jezzann says:

    SO CUTE!!!

  105. Does that cutie have to get sergury?
    Oh I hope that he doesn’t that would probably mess him/her up even more!!
    Poor little ducky,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    Is he able to walk? He can probably swim really fast and he probably can run really fast too.
    Oh I hope that he thrives………!
    Oh and “He is soooooooooo cute!!!!!!!!”
    OK thats it!