on the eve of saraswati puja my mom went out to buy the idol form the market. my 11yrs old cousin Vikram was accompanying her. my mom show an idol to my cousin and ask whether he'd like it or not. he looked carefully.
"but this idol doesn't have the vahana. where is the duck?"
his imaginative mind found out the answer immidiately.
"oh, I think because of the bird flu the duck decided not to come this year"