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Rubber-duck river roundup

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The race encountered a few glitches, including a delayed start time due to wind and the current, as well as thousands of ducks escaping a floating barrier and heading eastbound toward The Forks. But there were enough ducks that made their way to a tunnel on the south side of the river bank where they were collected by organizers and pronounced the winners later to the ticket-holders. Here, a kayaker helps the ducks on their journey.

A day after the Great Manitoba Duck Race, the great Manitoba duck hunt is under way.

Teams from the Assiniboine Park Conservancy were continuing to gather ducks from the Assiniboine River on Sunday after a "significant portion" of the small toy ducks passed through the barrier at Saturday’s Great Manitoba Duck Race.

More than 13,000 rubber ducks were released into the river as part of the fundraising event. "Unfortunately, the oil booms used to capture the ducks at the end of the race did not hold," the conservancy said in a news release.

The conservancy is working with City of Winnipeg to collect the stray ducks from the river and is asking that the public to not place their own safety at risk by collecting any ducks they see in the river. If there are any areas along the Assiniboine River where pockets of ducks have gathered, the public is asked to call 204-793-4316 to have them collected.

Found ducks found can also be returned to the Assiniboine Park Conservancy offices, it said.

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