MINNEAPOLIS - Nestled in a warehouse in northeast Minneapolis is Skyline Neon, a gem of a place that houses some of the best neon signs this side of the 'Rockies.'
But it's the apprentice of the shop these days that is hogging the spotlight, a four week old duck named "Quackers."
"This is a normal environment for this duck, it doesn't know woods and lakes," Skyline owner and now Quackers dad, Matt Thompson said Friday night.
While it looks a little crazy, the duck doesn't quite know that home shouldn't be in a neon workshop warehouse.
"I don't think it thinks it's a duck, but don't tell it that," Thompson said with a smile.
It all started about a month ago when a public works crew found the day old wood duck struggling in a storm sewer.
They pulled her out just when fate cued on Matt Thompson to walk by.
"We came out from lunch and they had the duck and they said we can't take it with us so I said my son and I will help raise the duck and they gave it to me," Thompson recalled.
It may not have been nature's choice but nurture, well that seems to be working out.
"Hey it's better than a sewer you know, better than a St. Paul sewer let me tell you," Thompson joked.
Every day Quackers rides to work with Matt in his truck all the way from Saint Bonifacius.
And as the time passes in the shop they stay thick as thieves, with Quackers never really liking to be more than a few feet away.
It makes absolutely no sense yet all the sense in the world because Matt chose this little gal as a friend.
"A very loyal friend. If I had to walk from here to home that duck would be one inch off my heels," Thompson said.
But this little tag along chose Matt as her family so she'll be sure to waddle in his footsteps.