How a dead duck changed the TED audience’s life


Originally posted on TED Blog:

Kees Moeliker proudly displays a dead mallard at TED. Photo: James Duncan Davidson
Kees Moeliker proudly displays a dead mallard at TED. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

[ted_talkteaser id=1703]In the days leading up to TED2013, we at the TED Blog revealed the best props at TEDs past and showed you the speakers who’d brought animals on stage with them. Little did we know that, on the day two of the conference, we’d meet a speaker who’d combine both.

In today’s talk, given at TED2013, Kees Moeliker illuminates how finding a dead duck one summer day changed the course of his professional life. It’s an incredible, hilarious and unexpected story. And to highlight the importance of said duck, Moeliker physically brought it on stage with him. Dead for nearly eighteen years (Moeliker found this duck outside of the Natural History Museum Rotterdam, where he works, in 1995 and had him stuffed for posterity), Moeliker took the taxidermied duck out of a plastic bag and…

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