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What’s the best way to get “down” from an elephant?

Posted on 5/9/2012 by SuperUser Account in Duck

You don’t get “down” from an elephant; you get “down” from a duck! End of joke.... (laughter, applause)

Having experienced getting down from both an elephant and a duck, I can tell you they have much in common: They both move slowly which is good; you sit very high up, so you get a great view, and getting down when the ride is over… well, usually they had people there to help you with that.

Finding a place to ride an elephant has gotten much more difficult these days; many of the circuses, zoos, fairs, etc. that had, until recently, offered this experience have closed down their elephant rides due, largely, to an effort from Animal Defenders International who takes strong issue with the treatment of these magnificent beasts. Luckily, we still have DUCKS to ride; in many cities up and down both coasts, wherever tourism is a major part of the economy, you’re likely to find duck rides.

At this point many of you are confused and in need of explanation:

Definition – Down, a soft fluffy material found under the feathers of ducks, geese, and other birds (but never elephants), used for stuffing pillows, mattresses, etc..

Definition – Duck, a large amphibious vehicle used for touring on both city streets and on water without having to unload passengers to transition between the two. 

If you find yourself as a tourist in San Diego (where they call their ducks Seals), Seattle, Ketchikan, New York, Miami, or a dozen other cities you can get a good look at the landscape by taking a Duck Tour. Usually around 90 minutes, and fairly inexpensive, it’s a great way to learn about the city, especially if it is your first time there.

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