“Hey, it’s better than a sewer!” Twin Cities man makes unusual friendship with baby duck named “Quackers”

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

(CNN) — A Twin Cities man’s life changed when he took a feathered friend home after she was rescued from a storm sewer after heavy rainstorms. And, as it turns out, and inseparable bond has been forged.

Nestled in a warehouse in northeast Minneapolis is a gem of a place that houses some of the best neon this side of the Rockies — but it’s the apprentice of the shop these days that’s hogging the spotlight.

“This is a normal environment for this duck,” Thompson said.

The warehouse is home for four-week-old “Quackers.”

“I don’t think it thinks it’s a duck, but don’t tell it that,” Thompson said.

Street crews found the day-old duck struggling in a storm sewer, so they pulled her out — and it was fate that Matt Thompson happened to walk by.

“We came out from lunch and they had the duck and they said ‘we can’t take it with us’ so I said ‘my son and I will help raise the duck’ and they gave it to me,” Thompson said.

It may not have been nature’s choice, but nurture — well that seems to be working out.

“Hey it’s better than a sewer you know, better than a St. Paul sewer let me tell you,” Thompson said.

Every day, Quackers comes to work with Thompson, and as the time passes in the shop, they stay thick as thieves. Even private moments are shared.

“That duck just pooped on my pattern,” Thompson said.

Their friendship makes absolutely no sense — yet all the sense in the world. Because Thompson, he chose this little gal as his BFF.

“A very loyal friend. Everywhere I go. If I had to walk from here to home that duck would be one inch off my heels,” Thompson said.

Thompson says he’s going to keep the duck until she learns to fly. He says if she flies away, that will be that.

If she chooses to stay, Thompson says he’ll be glad to keep her.