A Dutch researcher whose documentation of the necrophiliac habits of homosexual mallard ducks won him the Ig Nobel prize (“Every Ig Nobel Prize winner has done something that first makes people laugh, then makes them think.”) will tour the UK this week on the Ig Nobel tour.
Kees Moeliker’s observations of a male mallard, whose “rape flight attempt” of another male mallard was interrupted by the glass facade of a building and his quarry’s sudden death, won him the prize. Soon after the one male duck hit the building, the other attempted to have sex with it for 75 minutes before being interrupted by the Dutchman. “I secured the dead duck and left the museum at 19.25 hours. The mallard was still present at the site, calling ‘raeb-raeb’ and apparently looking for his victim (who, by then, was in the freezer).”
Necrophilia among ducks ruffles research feathers [Guardian UK]