Planet Toys makes way for ducklings

By Gabriel Blodgett | Jul 09, 2019
Photo by: Pam Markwith Store employee Pam Markwith snapped a photo of some unusual visitors to Planet Toys in Camden recently.

Camden — Around 9:30 a.m. July 2, Planet Toys Store Manager Pam Markwith heard some chirping in the upper section of the store. Her first thought was that it must be kids playing with some of the squeezable, squeaking plush birds carried by the store. She could not see any adults, though, and as the chirping grew louder she walked out from behind the counter to find a mother duck with four ducklings perusing the baby section.

She politely asked them to stay put while she grabbed her phone and quickly darted back behind the counter. When she returned, the family, apparently having found nothing in their sizes, had continued on to the main aisle, where Markwith snapped pictures as they waddled their way out onto the Main Street sidewalk.

While Planet encourages people and their dogs to pass through the store to get out of the sun or sample some toys on their way between Mechanic Street and Main Street, the family of ducks were the first non-canine animals to take advantage of the shortcut.

A couple years ago there was a pigeon, said Emma Faunce, who runs the store’s social media accounts, “but that wasn’t as fun.”

She said the visit has been great for publicity, with a number of people sharing and commenting on the posts, but as of now there are no plans in place to increase unorthodox animal traffic in the store.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Deborah Brooke | Jul 11, 2019 12:50

I wonder if these are the same ducks I saw on Limerock a while ago. or the ones my neighbor saw crossing Chestnut Street more recently . . .

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