BANGOR, Maine (AP) – A mallard duck that laid its eggs inside the garden center of a Home Depot store in Bangor has flown the coop.

The duck showed up last month, but the bird and her six ducklings were gone Saturday morning.

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Assistant manager Larry Crooker tells the Bangor Daily News that one egg was left in the nest, and it was cold.

As many as 20 people day a day were visiting the store just to see the ducks after the paper published a photograph of the nest surrounded by hostas, impatiens and potting mix.

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The nest was protected by strips of yellow warning tape and a sign that read, “Please do not disturb the duck.”

The mother duck earned several nicknames during her stay, including Paulette, Rosie and Daffy.

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