Chiang Chung-wen (姜鐘文) was elated after his pet duck, which went missing last Saturday, was found alive and well on Wednesday night.
Chiang, from Taoyuan County’s Bade City (八德), was concerned that his famous and beloved duck might have been abducted, gutted, braised and served on a platter.
Nicknamed “Tsai Mei Mei” (蔡妹妹) — meaning “little sister Tsai” in Mandarin — because Chiang is a big fan of former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), the duck had been to numerous political rallies with Chiang.
Chiang said he had taken Tsai Mei Mei to numerous campaign rallies when Tsai was running for New Taipei City (新北市) mayor in 2010 and again during her presidential campaign in the lead-up to the Jan. 14 election this year, adding that Tsai Mei Mei was very popular among DPP supporters at the rallies.
Chiang said he had also frequented night markets in Taoyuan’s Jhongli City (中壢), Taipei City’s Wanhua District (萬華) and the Old Street in Taoyuan’s Dasi Township (大溪) for performances, where “Tsai Mei Mei was quite an attraction,” with many young people or couples asking to take a photograph with her.
Tsai Mei Mei was so popular that a fan one time presented her with a “red envelope” containing NT$5,000, Chiang said, but he did not accept it because the amount was too big.
When Tsai Mei Mei went missing last week, Chiang offered a reward of NT$10,000 for the return of the duck.
Students from Taoyuan’s Chung Yuan Christian University spread the message online to help Chiang find his duck.
On Wednesday night, Chiang heard from a woman who said she had seen a duck wandering near a park in Bade City.
The woman, surnamed Liu (劉), said she noticed the duck because of its clean feathers.
After seeing an “X” mark on the back of its head, Liu said she quickly contacted Chiang to say that she had found Tsai Mei Mei.
As Liu refused to accept the reward of NT$10,000, Chiang said he would treat Liu to a dinner today to express his gratitude.
Chiang added he would also pen a thank-you note to the students at the university for helping him look for Tsai Mei Mei.