THE mystery of the ducks which recently vanished from the Lakes Estate has either been solved or has simply just deepened.
Following our story in Saturday's Advocate about the sudden disappearance of the pair of water fowl we've received conflicting reports of their whereabouts.
"I have some good news for the residents worried about their missing ducks," wrote Josh Pullen
"They have been hanging around Baden Powell Park on Elbow St, just behind the Creek Towers unit block."
Josh's story has been backed up by Bob from Town Lodge Motor Inn who said he saw the pair of muscovy ducks swimming on Coffs Creek and foraging on it's banks on Saturday morning.
Another reader also supplied an image of the ducks on Coffs Creek.
"There is a downed tree across the creek that they sit on," he wrote.
"They have been here for around two weeks on and off .
"We actually thought they were someone's pet because they didn't seem concerned we were watching them.
"Before these ducks turned up we had a lot of grey ducks. They have now moved on which is what I guess will happen to these white ducks. It's getting colder so they will leave eventually."
Those sightings comes in contrast to another in the suburb of Boambee East.
Carol from Butterfly Close said one of the ducks pictured on Saturday looked remarkably like one whcih has been visiting her for the past couple of weeks.
"He flies in and out as he chooses," Carol wrote.
"It is not distressed in any way and is obviously very tame as it follows us in the yard."
Annette from Bardsley Crescent Toormina is also convinced one of the Lakes Estate escapees is holed up near her place which backs on to Butterfly Close.
"There is one white duck who looks very much like the front duck pictured in today's (Saturday) paper, wandering around the Reserve behind me," she said.
"I only saw him for the first time yesterday but my neighbours told me they have been giving him bread for the past few days after it wandered in their back gate.
"I wish I could shed some light on the second duck but I feel they were probably 'nabbed' together by someone in this area perhaps, who wanted a pet duck for their kids and decided two ducks was too much, so dumped one in the Reserve which has access from Lady Belmore Road.
"The duck here looks a bit lost and is hanging with the wild ducks, and I am sure he would love to be back in his own surroundings."
Josh Pullen is also hoping the ducks in Coffs Creek get back to where they came from.
"There's a lot of 'undesirable' activity in the park and I'd hate to see something happen to them."