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      Hannibal woman creates shelter for feathered friends

      A Hannibal woman made it her mission to give ducks and geese shelter in Huckleberry Park.

      While at first the idea didn't receive support, she kept pursuing her plan, and on Monday, she installed the shelter.

      Amanda Main has always had a passion for animals.

      Time and time again, she saw the birds in Huckleberry Park huddling together in the cold.

      At night, Main said she would think about the ducks trying to keep warm.

      "When I lay down to sleep in my own warm bed, I'm like, oh, the poor ducks. This is the year to give back, and help something out, and ducks are it this year," Main said.

      With some donated supplies and park district approval, Main and volunteers installed the shelter next to the duck pond.

      Main and her boyfriend Craig Elzea did all the labor in building the shelter.

      "She's a caring person. If everybody was just like her, it'd be a whole different world. Her caring for these ducks, making sure they've got shelter and keeping warm, that means a lot," Elzea said.

      The shelter is stocked with food and straw, all waiting for the ducks and geese on the cold winter nights.

      "It almost brings tears to your eye. No animal should have to be put out here in the cold like this. There's no reason for it. The way we got this thing started, and where it's at now, it's amazing," Elzea said.

      While it may not be store bought, the hard work put into the shelter is what matters for Main.

      "It looks a little ... not perfect, but it's the thought that counts, and as long as it shelters them, then that's what it's all about," Main said.

      Both Main and Elzea say they're grateful for the community businesses that supported them in this process.