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Stuffed ducks that had choked on sticklebacks.

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Sticklebacks are small fish that live in the streams and rivers of the UK. I guess that some ducks may try and eat so many of them that they choke, especially as the fish have a series of small spines on their backs. As far as the idea of 'stuffed' is concerned, I think it means the ducks' stomachs are full up, not 'stuffed' as in soft toys (which is what I first read it as).

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Sticklebacks are group of fish species that have spines on their backs, making them difficult to swallow.

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Taxidermists stuff dead animals and birds for display in museums or in the homes of hunters that killed them.

A duck can die from choking.



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Hello dear David,

Yes I want the meaning.

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shininggirlStuffed ducks that had choked on sticklebacks.

Great line. It sounds like a drum riff. It's from The Beasts of Clawstone Castle, by the late Eva Ibbotson. I found more than one version online.