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Easter ducks better in chocolate

Real ducklings may be cute, but ones made of chocolate are much easier to clean up after. (Lydia Yasuda/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

With Easter just around the corner (it’s on March 31), many of you might be thinking about Easter baskets and how much fun it would be to get a real duck — not just a chocolate one — in your basket.

That’s a bad idea, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

For one thing, there’s the poop issue: Ducks can relieve themselves as often as every 15 minutes. That means you need to be willing to clean up after them all the time or figure out how to put a diaper on a duck.

And getting a baby duck (a duckling) and releasing it into the wild when it gets bigger isn’t a good idea, according to animal rights groups.

“Domestic ducks are not equipped to survive in the wild like their wild cousins,” according to Carol Chrysong, the 56-year-old founder of the Lucky Duck Rescue & Sanctuary in California.

So, do yourself, your parents and ducks a favor this Easter season and stick with the chocolate ones.

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