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AFLAC Rep Pays Bills for Duck

July 29, 2002

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ Police say they have quacked the case of a stolen duck.

Rita Cane came forward after seeing a story in the newspaper about the stolen pet, a white duck named Peepers. She said she scooped the duck out of the street last week to rescue him. She’s no ducknapper, she said.

``I’m a good Christian woman and I plan to stay that way,″ the 62-year-old Des Moines woman said. ``I’m a good Samaritan.″

Duck owner Brad Moureau said he got a call early Thursday that Peepers was safe _ and that he owed $41 to get the duck out of the animal shelter.

That’s when the insurance man stepped in. Bill Robertson, a regional sales coordinator for AFLAC, heard that Peepers resembles the company’s TV spokesduck and that passers-by often yell ``AFLAC, AFLAC″ when they see Peepers in Moureau’s yard.

Robertson paid the shelter’s fee.

``Maybe we can make Peepers our local mascot,″ he said.

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