Lucky escape for Dozy Doris

PUBLISHED: 15:20 29 March 2007 | UPDATED: 10:15 31 May 2010

From left, Sophie Mannering, Scott Cohen and Max Evans watching the crested duck, which has caused a stir – Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

From left, Sophie Mannering, Scott Cohen and Max Evans watching the crested duck, which has caused a stir - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

DOZY Doris the duck narrowly avoided being baked alive when she chose to nest in the medieval bread oven at Stansted Mountfitchet Castle. The crested duck, a resident of the castle grounds, set up her nest in the oven last week and was discovered by a mem

DOZY Doris the duck narrowly avoided being baked alive when she chose to nest in the medieval bread oven at Stansted Mountfitchet Castle.

The crested duck, a resident of the castle grounds, set up her nest in the oven last week and was discovered by a member of staff about to do a bread-making demonstration for a group of schoolchildren.

All bread-making activities have now been put on hold while the rare water bird incubates her clutch of 14 eggs, expected to hatch within a month.

Alan Goldsmith, who owns the site, said: "Doris is one of the many animals that live here at the castle.

"They all have a story behind them, and we give them all names because they become part of the family.

"Doris must have chosen to nest in the oven because it mirrors the kind of location she would want to find in the wild, where she and her clutch would be safe from predators.

"It's warm, out of sight and has a perfect little hole in the front she can use to get in and out.

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