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Peabody Ducks 'Retire' to Jack Daniels Distillery
If you've been a tourist in Tennessee, chances are you have visited the Peabody Memphis Hotel and watched the famous daily march of the Peabody ducks.
You have also likely visited Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg.
Now you can kill two birds with one stone (figuratively speaking, of course).
Five mallard ducks have completed their service as famed ambassadors of The Peabody Memphis hotel and now will live out their years at another world famous Tennessee landmark – the Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg. It has been 80 years since the ducks first arrived at the hotel, and is the first time that Peabody Ducks have been retired to any location other than their private Memphis farm.
According to legend, ducks arrived at The Peabody in 1933 after the general manager and a friend returned from a hunting trip. The two had enjoyed a bit of Lynchburg’s hometown product and decided to place their live duck decoys (which were legal at the time) in the hotel’s lobby fountain as a prank. Hotel guests loved it and the rest is history.
“Jack Daniel’s and the Peabody Ducks have been connected from the very beginning so it’s only natural that we would welcome a few of our webbed-footed friends to the Distillery,” Master Distiller Jeff Arnett said. “These will be some of the best cared for ducks in the world, feasting on the same quality grain and cave spring water we use to make our whiskey. I guess you could say these ducks are getting the ultimate holiday present.”
The ducks took their final march in Lynchburg today, following Duckmaster Anthony Petrina and Arnett down red and black carpets and into a pond just below the distillery’s cave spring. Ducks have lived on the distillery property for decades and Petrina said the Peabody Ducks will be right at home in Lynchburg.
"We've always held Jack Daniel's in the highest regard at The Peabody. Not only because it's a point of state pride that it is a Tennessee whiskey, but because we know it's entirely possible that without Jack Daniel's and the warm companionship of friends on that cold night in 1933 there might not be ducks at The Peabody today," said Peabody Duckmaster Anthony Petrina.
The Peabody’s well-known ambassadors always include one drake and four hens. The ducks are raised by a local farmer and friend of the hotel. Each team lives in the hotel for only three months before being retired from their Peabody duties. Typically, they are returned to the farm to live out their days.
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AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports the wedding was a long time coming.
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AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports neither party to this marriage is a newbie at walking down the aisle.
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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who have gone by one name -- Brangelina -- for a while, have made it legal. AP correspondent Warren Levinson reports.
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AP correspondent Jake Coyle reports all six of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's children took part in the wedding ceremony.
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AP correspondent Jake Coyle reports Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were married in a small private ceremony Saturday in the south of France.
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