Meet General Yucky Ducky, the leader of the Ducky Army. Yucky’s past is a little polluted. Once a dirty duck, Yucky spent his days wreaking havoc on rivers, lakes, and streams. Leaving litter on the ground, dumping oil onto driveways, leaving to walk the dog without a bag for poop… if there was a way to leave a polluted trail, you know Yucky had his wing in it. Of course, Yucky wasn’t a bad duck – he just had bad habits!
If there’s one thing that Yucky loves, it’s a good rain. Nothing charges him up more than a sky full of dark, gusty clouds ready to rip apart at the seams. One day in late summer, a particularly bad storm began to form on the horizon. Yucky was in an especially mischievous mood, so he hit the streets to cause some trouble before the rain started. Like lightning, Yucky raced through town from street to street, leaving a polluted trail in his wake. Just as Yucky had finished trashing the town, it began to rain. He decided to head back to his nest on the river to seek shelter from the storm.
By the time he had returned home, the downpour was in full force. Upon arriving, Yucky noticed something unusual about his nest – it was covered in trash! Suspecting foul play, Yucky scoured the surrounding area for the guilty party but came up empty-winged. He looked around saw that not only was his home trashed, but all of his friends’ homes and even the whole river was filled with junk! Yucky was enraged – who would do such a horrible thing?! He went back to his nest to evaluate the damage and noticed something very familiar about the mess. That’s when it hit him – this was his trash and his fault! The very same debris that he earlier painted the town with was now devastating his community! Yucky was crushed by the realization that his actions had lead to such undesirable consequences.
The next morning, after the rain had stopped, Yucky spent hours swimming up and down the river, picking up every contaminant he could find. Some things, like trash, were easy to fish out and throw away. Other things, such as oil, required much more time and energy. It took him nearly the whole day, but Yucky removed every bit of pollution he possibly could from the river. While the actual pollution may have been cleaned up, the emotional pollution that Yucky had cause himself remained with him.
Yucky Ducky has since turned over a new wing and has dedicated his life to stopping water pollution. Knowing that pollution prevention was a job way bigger than himself, Yucky Ducky works to recruit a whole army of helpers every time he visits a school or event. So if you’re looking for a lean, clean pollution-stopping machine, this duck fits the bill. Join Yucky to clean up our waters and teach others how to do so in the process.