Lengthy Boi, the grand previous duck of York, is presumed lifeless after going lacking for a number of weeks, abandoning grieving college students at his favorite college watering holes.
The 70cm-tall drake was celebrated on the College of York for his uncommon top and gregarious nature, delighting college students along with his appearances round campus for a number of years.
The college – the place alumni embody the previous Instances editor John Witherow and the comic Harry Enfield – described the duck as “a much-loved character” however mentioned that after two months with out a confirmed sighting it had been “pressured to conclude” that Lengthy Boi had handed away.
“We respect this isn’t the decision that many individuals had been wishing for, however hope that acknowledging his passing permits us to give attention to celebrating his life and commemorating the time he spent with us,” the college mentioned.
“Throughout his time on campus, Lengthy Boi introduced pleasure to workers, college students, alumni and guests to York. Our lovely campus and fantastic grounds group supplied a wealthy life for him throughout the 4 years he lived with us.”
Like many influencers, Lengthy Boi first discovered fame on social media; his Instagram account, @longboiyork, has greater than 60,000 followers. By 2021, he had been mentioned on late-night US talkshows and was championed by the BBC Radio 1 presenter Greg James.
James paid tribute to the mallard on Thursday’s Radio 1 breakfast present, asserting plans for a quack-a-long ceremony. “It’s not a minute’s silence as a result of that’s not what Lengthy Boi would have needed,” James mentioned.
The duck impressed a spread of merchandise, together with Valentine’s Day playing cards studying “I lengthy for you” and Lengthy Boi fanclub T-shirts, alongside “College of Lengthy Boi” stickers.
However Lengthy Boi was not the one animal with educational honours. On the College of East Anglia, a ginger cat named Sylvester frequently attends lectures and has its personal T-shirts on sale by means of the scholars’ union.
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