For the last two years, Dinneh Estrada has had Baby-Duckness thrust upon her.
The 12-year-old Huntington Beach resident volunteered — kind of — to be the mascot at last year's Duck-A-Thon, an annual event that raises funds for AltaMed's Huntington Beach Community Clinic.
The organizers already had a Papa Duck mascot who walked the pier during the event and posed for pictures with children, so when they decided to add a Baby Duck, Dinneh quickly got the part. Considering that her mother, brother, sister, aunt and grandparents have all worked on the Duck-A-Thon, she wasn't surprised, but she was happy to chip in.
"They were wondering if there could be a Baby Duck," said Dinneh, who is home-schooled. "I kind of wanted to do it and my grandma kind of volunteered me, so why not?"
There's a chance, though, that Dinneh will get a major reward for her volunteering. On Saturday, thousands of rubber ducks will be dropped off the Huntington Beach Pier, and the first one to reach the shore will net $1,000 for its owner. Dinneh's mother, she said, bought her one duck this year.