NORMAN — Samo is coming home.
“Samo Ducky,” the 200-pound, yellow plaster duck that was the prototype for a series of Fiberglas duck sculptures in parks across Norman, was discovered missing Thursday from its spot in Lions Park, near the Firehouse Art Center, 444 S Flood Ave.
Norman police officials said Samo was located Friday. A resident in the area of the 8100 block of McComb Road saw the duck and called police officials about 5:15 p.m. A short time later, the duck was found near the roadway in that area.
Arrangements have been made to ensure that the duck returns home.
Firehouse Executive Director Douglas Shaw Elder, who designed the prototype — which looks like an overblown version of a child’s bathtub ducky — said he was amazed at the community’s reaction to the missing duck.
“Every time I walk outside, I see a group of people gathered around the spot where Samo stood,” he said before the duck was found.
He overheard one mother explain to her child that she didn’t know where the duck went so maybe they should go somewhere else to play, Elder said.
Children loved to kiss, climb on and hug the 4-foot plaster duck that spawned a series of 12 similar duck sculptures in 10 city parks. Unlike the plaster prototype, the other ducks are made of Fiberglas and are bolted to concrete pads. They range in colors and designs, each one decorated by a different local artist.