Cricket-loving duck shoots to fame

Last updated 14:37 15/03/2013

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A duck who settled on the field during yesterday's England vs New Zealand test match has shot to fame - but his is a sad story.

The duck - a male paradise shelduck - brought amusement to onlookers as it quietly sat in the outfield for much of the match.

The birds are not endangered, with a conservation rating of LC (Least Concern) but this Basin bird was under threat from the occasional cover-drive, which it deftly avoided.

Paradise shelducks are known to mate for life, which led many to ask where the duck's mate was.

Sadly, a female paradise shelduck was found dead in the Basin Reserve ground the previous day, a Basin staff member confirmed.

She was said to have been given a "dignified burial".

English media outlets such as The Guardian, The Telegraph and BBC, who have been covering the match closely, have all made mention of the bird.

A mock Twitter account was set up - @ducknewzealand - and has quickly garnered 800 followers.

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