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PETA graciously donated a 3-foot-tall fiberglass duck to the Oak Lawn Children's Museum, 5100 Museum Dr., Oak Lawn. (Supplied photos)

PETA graciously donated a 3-foot-tall fiberglass duck to the Oak Lawn Children's Museum, 5100 Museum Dr., Oak Lawn. (Supplied photos)

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PETA donates duck to Oak Lawn Children’s Museum

By Kelly White

A staple in community, the Oak Lawn Children’s Museum recently received a donation to make them stand out even more.

Thanks to PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the museum, 5100 Museum Dr., Oak Lawn, now has a 3-foot-tall fiberglass duck that displays plenty of duck facts.

“Whenever we have an opportunity to bring something fun, a little whimsical and educational into the Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn, we look for ways to do it,” Adam Woodworth, Executive Director at the Oak Lawn Children’s Museum, said. “It’s a really cool piece and a nice addition to our water exhibit.”

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PETA’s donated duck sits overlooking the Oak Lawn Children’s Museum’s water exhibit on the first floor of the building at 5100 Museum Dr., Oak Lawn.

As Woodworth said, the duck sits overlooking the museum’s water exhibit on the first floor of the building. It was put in place at the museum during the last week of September.

The duck came out of a marketing effort to “Help Keep Businesses Afloat” through these tough times, the city of Lockport had twenty-two Chicagoland artists, handpicked by the curators at Lockport’s Illinois State Museum Campus decorated the fiberglass ducks. These fun masterpieces sat in front of the businesses and commercial plazas in Lockport hit hardest by the COVID shutdowns and restrictions of the past year.

PETA joined in the thankless effort and decorated their own child-friendly duck with all kinds of pro-duck facts on it. Through this initiative, PETA hoped to spread a message of compassion to children and their parents about ducks.

Now that the Lockport duck initiative is over and many of the ducks were sold with proceeds going to Lockport’s Summer Art Series, the duck created by PETA was donated to the Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn.

“Many families have a pet dog or cat, maybe a parakeet so by nature of living with one of these animals, you learn the personalities they have,” Woodworth said. “Unless you have a pet duck, and I don’t know anyone who does, children and their adults may not know that ducks exhibit their own personalities.”

The museum is always looking to bring in new educational exhibits, programs and initiatives for children and this was a perfect fit, Woodworth said.

The museum was contacted directly by Amy Bousquet PETA’S Special Projects Coordinator upon their decision to donate it there.

Woodworth said the Oak Lawn Children’s Museum is always looking for new partnership opportunities and they were more than grateful for the opportunity.

“As the duck’s time to roost in Lincoln Landing was coming to a close, PETA wanted to donate the sculpture to a nearby children’s museum where the messages of compassion covering the sculpture will continue to inspire everyone to see ducks as the remarkable individuals they are,” Bousquet said.

As a direct donation from PETA, the fiberglass duck will likely be a permanent addition to the museum for the foreseeable future.

“PETA is delighted to donate our ‘duck’ to the Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn, where this fun sculpture will inspire countless kids to appreciate these sensitive, inquisitive animals who form friendships and have even shown appreciation and affection for humans who have helped them, and who can live 10 years or more in the wild,” Bousquet said. “We hope the exhibit also helps kids to develop empathy and respect for individuals of all species.”

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