Miss Oregon, a contestant in the Miss Universe contest in 1963, brought two ducks with her to the pageant.
Her chaperone reacted: "I put them in the bathtub of course, for safekeeping."
The article "Like Mother Hen, Shelters Young Chicks" explains the different duties of beauty pageant chaperones. I found the duties of the chaperones mildly interesting, but I am left wondering why Miss Oregon would need the ducks at the pageant. Were the ducks a calming influence in the stressful competition? Were the ducks in some way a part of Miss Oregon's talent? Duck herding perhaps?