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Rubber ducks swim amok

Saturday afternoon, 15,000 yellow rubber ducks  were dumped into the Assiniboine River by a crane, signalling the start of the Great Manitoba Duck Race to raise money for the zoo.
The yellow rubber ducks waddle their way down the Assiniboine River to the Assiniboine Park foot bridge.
Organizers collect the ducks, which have been purchased by ticket-holders, in order to pronounce the winners. However, thousands of ducks make their way beyond the barrier.
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.
Workers try to contain the ducks inside the floating barrier on the Assiniboine River.
Saturday afternoon, 15,000 yellow rubber ducks made their way down the Assiniboine River to the Assiniboine Park foot bridge in the Great Manitoba Duck Race, a fundraiser for the zoo. The race encountered a few glitches as thousands of ducks escaped a floating barrier and headed eastbound toward The Forks.
Organizers of the Great Manitoba Duck Race warned Sunday members of the public shouldn't try to retrieve wayward ducks.
Trying to round up wayward rubber duckies is no easy task.
The winners of the Great Manitoba Duck Race.
Saturday afternoon, 15,000 yellow rubber ducks were dumped into the Assiniboine River by a crane, signalling the start of the Great Manitoba Duck Race to raise money for the zoo. - Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press
The yellow rubber ducks waddle their way down the Assiniboine River to the Assiniboine Park foot bridge. - Ruth bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press
Organizers collect the ducks, which have been purchased by ticket-holders, in order to pronounce the winners. However, thousands of ducks make their way beyond the barrier. - Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press
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. - Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press
Workers try to contain the ducks inside the floating barrier on the Assiniboine River. - Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press
Saturday afternoon, 15,000 yellow rubber ducks made their way down the Assiniboine River to the Assiniboine Park foot bridge in the Great Manitoba Duck Race, a fundraiser for the zoo. The race encountered a few glitches as thousands of ducks escaped a floating barrier and headed eastbound toward The Forks. - Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press
Organizers of the Great Manitoba Duck Race warned Sunday members of the public shouldn't try to retrieve wayward ducks. -
Trying to round up wayward rubber duckies is no easy task. - Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press
The winners of the Great Manitoba Duck Race. -

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