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Mickey and Jo

Mickey and Jo

Mickey and Jo taking a winter stroll.

Named after the founders of the famously vegetarian Chicago Diner, these two domestic Muscovy ducks were rescued from freezing waters by a caring NYC resident.

Initially spotted together but rescued at different times, Mickey & Jo were found distressed and in poor shape, with telltale signs of having escaped from some sort of poultry operation because the tips of their upper bills were cut off (to prevent pecking when crammed together in cages). They were malnourished and the female, Jo, had a severely broken wing.

After surgery, Jo was brought to WFS for long term care. Mickey, who proved more elusive to the rescuer, was brought in later.

The reaction of the pair when reunited was truly heart-warming. They ran to each other, quacking gently and ’embraced’ by wrapping their necks around each other, much to the awe of everyone at WFS. Mickey and Jo recovered and became inseparable.  While still very close, the two have since expanded their horizons, with Mickey also bonding with other female muscovy ducks and Jo sometimes choosing to cuddle up with her chicken friend Lava.  Just like humans, they are unique beings with many complex

And when in Chicago, YOU MUST eat at THE AMAZING CHICAGO DINER! “Meat Free Since ’83!”

Jo Kaucher and Mickey Hornick of the Chicago Diner proudly display their sponsorship card.

Sadly, Jo has since passed away, but our memories of her will allow her to live on in our hearts – and in Mickey’s heart – forever.


Mickey-all grown up– enjoying the duck pond and nice summer weather.