Marion and Noel Burnham’s fun duck display in Parksville. (Submitted photo)

Marion and Noel Burnham’s fun duck display in Parksville. (Submitted photo)

Quacker of a conundrum: Case of the missing rubber duckies in Parksville

Couple hopes for return of their stolen yellow friends

Much like beloved ‘Sesame Street’ character Ernie, Marion and Noel Burnham are awfully fond of their rubber duckies.

And there is now a hole in their lives where their 15 yellow toy ducks used to be.

For three years, a display sat outside their Parksville home, until someone made off with the duckies last week. Their birds sat in the grey gravel “pond” they made on their front lawn and were a welcome sight for passersby and neighbours alike.

“Alas, last Sunday night this year’s COVID Quackers were stolen from their pond, and already neighbours and kids are asking about them,” wrote the couple in a letter to the NEWS. “How sad it is to report that the ducks, which are of no monetary value, were taken away by someone who likely had absolutely no use for them.”

READ MORE: COVID-19: Stuffed animals, bananas decorate tree in Qualicum Beach

The Burnhams said they have many great memories with their raft of ducks – including during Christmas.

“The Christmas display is, Baby Jesus is a duck, Mary and Joseph are ducks… they’re all ducks,” said Marion. “We’re just young at heart, I guess.”

The interest in decorating started for the couple after they created their “pond.” A neighbour saw the Burnham’s new lawn decoration and snuck over one night and plopped a toy floatplane on it. Her husband had ALS and was limited to the house, so she wanted to do something fun for him.

“She one night flipped across and put a floatplane on it and sent us an email saying, ‘The Mars bombers have found a new source of water in Parksville,’” said Noel. “So then she took a picture and showed that to her husband and he got all enthusiastic.”

From there, they said it went back and forth for a while with their neighbours. Noel said he was doing some work for them and he hung the floatplane up in their shower before he left and some more teasing ensued before they eventually ended up with their duck pond.

“We kept playing tricks on one another and they kept adding stuff,” said Noel.

The couple are disappointed that someone would take the ducks and although they’re not holding their breath, they do hope their ducks will come swimming back.

“You can hope, can’t you? If they know how much they meant to us and others, too,” said Marion.

cloe.logan@pqbnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

CrimeGames and ToysParksville

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Village Way and Highway 19A roundabout is the Town of Qualicum Beach priority for a grant application. (Google Map)
Qualicum Beach council favours roundabout over turf field project

Mayor believes road project has better chance of landing grant

Curling season is over at the Parksville Curling Club and Qualicum Beach Curling Club. (PQB News file photo)
COVID-19: Parksville and Qualicum Beach curling clubs forced to end season

Restrictions impact financial sustainability of both operations

(PQB News file photo)
COVID-19: No public attendance or participation for Jan. 18 Parksville council meeting

Citizens can still offer feedback via email, telephone or written submissions

Town of Qualicum Beach council will charge the St. Andrews Lodge Historical and Cultural Society for power and heat for the historic lodge. (PQB News file photo)
Society to pay electric bills for historic St. Andrews Lodge in Qualicum Beach

Group will not have access to building until lease is formally signed

A unique-looking deer has been visiting a Nanoose Bay property with its mother. (Frieda Van der Ree photo)
A deer with 3 ears? Unique animal routinely visits Nanoose Bay property

Experts say interesting look may be result of an injury

A scene from “Canada and the Gulf War: In their own words,” a video by The Memory Project, a program of Historica Canada, is shown in this undated illustration. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Historica Canada
New video marks Canada’s contributions to first Gulf War on 30th anniversary

Veterans Affairs Canada says around 4,500 Canadian military personnel served during the war

A 17-year-old snowmobiler used his backcountry survival sense in preparation to spend the night on the mountain near 100 Mile House Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021 after getting lost. (South Cariboo Search and Rescue Facebook photo)
Teen praised for backcountry survival skills after getting lost in B.C.’s Cariboo mountains

“This young man did everything right after things went wrong.”

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole holds a press conference on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa on December 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
No place for ‘far right’ in Conservative Party, Erin O’Toole says

O’Toole condemned the Capitol attack as ‘horrifying’ and sought to distance himself and the Tories from Trumpism

A passer by walks in High Park, in Toronto, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. This workweek will kick off with what’s fabled to be the most depressing day of the year, during one of the darkest eras in recent history. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
‘Blue Monday’ getting you down? Exercise may be the cure, say experts

Many jurisdictions are tightening restrictions to curb soaring COVID-19 case counts

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
COVID-19: Provinces work on revised plans as Pfizer-BioNTech shipments to slow down

Anita Anand said she understands and shares Canadians’ concerns about the drug company’s decision

Tourists take photographs outside the British Columbia Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday August 26, 2011. A coalition of British Columbia tourism industry groups is urging the provincial government to not pursue plans to ban domestic travel to fight the spread of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. travel ban will harm struggling tourism sector, says industry coalition

B.C. government would have to show evidence a travel ban is necessary

(Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
‘Targeted’ shooting in Coquitlam leaves woman in hospital

The woman suffered non-life threatening injuries in what police believe to be a targeted shooting Saturday morning

Everett Bumstead (centre) and his crew share a picture from a tree planting location in Sayward on Vancouver Island from when they were filming for ‘One Million Trees’ last year. Photo courtesy, Everett Bumstead.
The tree-planting life on Vancouver Island featured in new documentary

Everett Bumstead brings forth the technicalities, psychology and politics of the tree planting industry in his movie

JaHyung Lee, “Canada’s oldest senior” at 110 years old, received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. He lives at Amenida Seniors Community in Newton. (Submitted photo: Amenida Seniors Community)

Most Read