- Associated Press - Thursday, December 24, 2015

SAN ANSELMO, Calif. (AP) - A sweet mallard duck named Juanita has returned home to seniors in an assisted living facility north of San Francisco.

KNTV reports (https://bit.ly/1TjoCxP ) Wednesday that residents of Bello Gardens cared for the duck for a year and a half before it disappeared in September.

It turns out a neighbor had taken the duck to a nearby wild-care center, also in Marin County. Staff there refused to return the duck, saying federal law prohibits people from keeping wild animals as pets.

But with help from a congressman and animal groups, the seniors acquired the licenses required to bring Juanita home. Bello Gardens also hired a “duck educator” to create a teaching program around Juanita.

Resident Larita Clark tells the news station that Juanita cheers her up when she’s feeling lonely.

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Information from: KNTV-TV.


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