Stolen rubber duck returns home to N.H. after world trip

HAMPTON, NH (WHDH) - A rubber duck stolen from a Hampton, New Hampshire family five years ago returned home, after its trip around the world was documented online.

More than five years ago, the basketball-sized rubber duck was stolen from Jennifer Troiano’s yard. A couple of months later, Troiano and her daughters got a postcard in the mail from Kuwait, where their rubber duck had been taken to.

The stolen duck now had a name — Gale Ducky, after their street. Whoever took Gale wrote to the Troiano and started a Facebook page for the duck. Over the last five years, pictures of Gale Ducky were posted to the Facebook page, showcasing the duck traveling all over the world. Along the way, Gale gathered hundreds of followers on Facebook.

Gale made stops in many places including South Africa, England, Mexico, Switzerland, Las Vegas and Disney World. It even took a trip on board a cruise ship in the Caribbean.

“Who wouldn’t want to have adventures and travel and our duck was off doing that,” said Troiano.

Last week, Gale returned home, along with a suitcase of souvenirs. Troiano said she noticed the duck was back when she saw the newest Facebook picture showed Gale sitting outside her house.

Troiano said she has no idea who took her duck on the whirlwind trip but thinks it may have been a pilot, or someone else who has access to travel the world easily.

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