‘Tallest mallard ever’ living at UK uni goes viral – and Peter Crouch loves it

A giant duck living at York University has gone Insta-famous and got the nod from footie legend Peter Crouch.

Long Boi's impressive 70cm height has seen his Instagram account crack 15,000 followers in hours.

His pictures stunned the world after a Reddit post described him as “the tallest mallard duck to have ever lived… over 1m tall”.

Student Zoe Duffin said the Mallard and Indian Runner duck cross actually stands at around 70cm and has become a “campus celebrity”.

The third year biology student, who runs the account, said: “I think everyone at York can say we are all very proud of Long Boi, our waterfowl are very loved and central to the university experience here at York."

She and second year biology student Liam Foskett started running the account after Long Boi turned up on campus in 2018.

Zoe added: “We believed that he had been dumped as an unwanted pet.

“We started feeding and taking photos of him, coining the name Long Boi due to his tall stature!

“We did feel a bit sorry for him, as he didn’t fit in with all the other ducks and was being shunned by them, he seemed quite lonely.

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“Over time he’s grown quite a following with York students, he’s quite a campus celebrity, and has since flourished and integrated with the other waterfowl.”

The tall duck was tweeted about by footballer Peter Crouch – who stands at 6ft 7in – who called Long Boi “my kind of duck”.

Zoe said she was “completely blown away” by Long Boi’s sudden rise to fame.

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She said: “I can’t quite believe it! My one aspiration for Long Boi’s account was to reach 10k followers, he’s reached and passed that in just a matter of hours, which is incredible.

“I’m loving seeing all the memes, and hearing how much joy he’s spreading to others.”

It comes after the Daily Star reported on a mutant lamb born with just two fully-formed legs learned to walk like a person.

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Initially, the two-legged lamb would shuffle around on its stomach as it followed its mum to feed.

However, it later learned how to walk on just two legs after its hind legs did not form properly and the sheep was left with stumps.

The lamb, born near the city of Hulunbuir in the northern Chinese province of Mongolia, sadly died after 40 days.

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According to news site Baidu, the sheep died from gas build-up on April 25.

The owner said the lamb would try to move around on its front knees before making the leap of walking on two legs.

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