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

The Curse of the Labrador Duck follows chook biologist Glen Chilton in his obsessive try and discover the mysteries of 1 of the world's so much enigmatic birds. In an without notice zany experience that took the writer the identical of 3.3 instances around the globe, the result's a story of robbery, wartime atrocities, insane millionaires, intrigue within the heart East, and thin dipping.

The Labrador Duck is usually pointed out within the similar breath because the Passenger Pigeon, the Dodo, and the nice 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 poultry in North the US, in part since it bred to this point north that no list exists of its breeding, and partly since it turned extinct almsot prior to we famous it was once 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 website the place the duck used to be shot.

When Chilton started his research, there have been regarded as approximately fifty specimens scattered among the museums of Europe, North the USA, and the center East. in spite of the fact that, as his research complex, it was once transparent that a few specimens were misplaced to battle and robbery, and others have been secreted away in far-flung collections overseen via miserly curators. After vacationing the an identical of greater than 3 times around the globe, Chilton was once in a position to learn what amounted to fifty-five specimens in overall, even if one became out to be a forgery and a number of other others were tampered with via unscrupulous taxidermists. unfortunately, genetic research confirmed that not one of the eggs attributed to the Labrador Duck have been actual, even those who had escaped the bombing of Dresden. at the confident part, the writer earned quite a few hangovers, swam bare in a glacier-fed circulation, dined with Russian gangsters, and was once capable of narrowly keep away from arrest in big apple urban.

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