Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Frantic Mother Duck, Ducklings, and a Duck Story to Start the Day

"Duckling Rescue "

YubiShines, YouTube (April 11, 2008)
video, 1:16

" 'In a rare rescue operation in Garden Grove on Wednesday, animal control officers came to the aid of about a dozen ducklings stuck in a storm drain.

"The drama unfolded at Lampson Avenue and West Street.

"Rescuers arrived to find the mother duck frantically pacing around the drain opening.

"Officers were able to scoop the 14 ducklings into a box, which was lowered through a manhole.

"The mother duck followed animal control officers to a pond where she was reunited with her babies.' "

The small central Minnesota town where I live has its share of ducks: being on a lake and a river guarantees that. The point is that I've seen ducks. They're not the most expressive creatures around. They're good at quacking, waddling, flying and swimming - but emoting? Not so much.

So, the word "frantically" in this video's description seemed a bit far-fetched to me.

After watching the video, though, I agree: that's one frantic mother duck.

And, once they're released in the water, that is a speedy bunch of ducklings.



Brigid said...

Since it's one bunch, it should be 'that is' rather than 'those are' here: "those are a speedy bunch of ducklings"

Cute. ^_^

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Brian, aka Aluwir, aka Norski said...


Right you are - although I could argue that there seems to be a 'fast' and 'slow' sub-bunch in the big bunch. Fixed it, by the way.

And yes - Cute.

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