When Mother DOESN'T Know Best... and other assorted misjudgments

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    Mar 02, 2010 5:27 PM GMT
    Follow the duck sequence from top to bottom:

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    The speedboat, BTW, was aptly named "Temporary Insanity II"
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    Mar 02, 2010 5:41 PM GMT
    Poor fucking ducklings. icon_cry.gif
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    Mar 02, 2010 6:10 PM GMT
    A good samaritan probably pulled up the grate and scooped out the ducklings, and they all lived happily ever after.
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    Mar 02, 2010 6:18 PM GMT
    Sedative saidPoor fucking ducklings. icon_cry.gif

    One hopes the photographer had the decency to lift the metal grid, which looks unsecured, and that it was possible to reach them, not yet swept away somewhere.

    Still, we have wild ducks all around here, Muscovy, that have broods all the time, literally right beneath our windows under the bushes. The Muscovies here are mostly ground dwellers, seldom swimming nor flying.

    And we watch upwards of 14 ducklings follow their mother all around, and we try to protect them. But almost every day, you see the number diminish, until perhaps only 2 or 3 are left.

    Some lost to neighborhood cats, or just their mother's stupidity, like in that photo sequence. Sometimes the mother duck jumps into the river outside our place, but it's all high-walled at that point, no way back out. The mother duck can fly back out, but not the ducklings who jump in after her, who are all washed away into the bay, unless we see it and my neighbors & I all rush out to try to rescue them.

    Ducks are not notably smart, and they have large broods because many die before reaching maturity. Such is nature.

    The Muscovy duck:

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    Mar 02, 2010 6:39 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa said
    Sedative saidPoor fucking ducklings. icon_cry.gif



    The Muscovy duck:

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    Ew looks like somebody mated a chicken with a duck, and this is the result.
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    Mar 02, 2010 6:53 PM GMT
    djdorchester said
    Red_Vespa said
    The Muscovy duck:

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    Ew looks like somebody mated a chicken with a duck, and this is the result.

    Yeah, they're pretty ugly, some worse than this one. And not native to Florida, from Central & South America I believe, and so not protected here. There's been some local controversy about "hunters" coming onto condominium grounds and rounding the ducks up, and hauling them off to be slaughtered and sold to restaurants.

    But no laws are broken, except for trespassing after the fact. Often the condo residents are upset, considering the ducks community pets & decorative, but no real laws exist to prevent it.

    As I wrote above, they're more terrestrial here, seldom going into the water or flying, just waddling all around the ground like geese, and therefore easy to catch. But if I saw a poacher doing that here, I'd evict him on the basis of trespassing alone.

    Unfortunately, this being a Red Republican state, few animals have any protections themselves. Even my own Republican sister used to go out into the Everglades and shoot protected alligators with her .357 Magnum pistol, just for target practice. icon_sad.gif
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    Mar 02, 2010 9:06 PM GMT
    Webster666 saidA good samaritan probably pulled up the grate and scooped out the ducklings, and they all lived happily ever after.


    I so want to believe you icon_cry.gif
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    Mar 02, 2010 9:10 PM GMT
    When I volunteered for a Nature Center there was a wild Muscovy duck that would fly into the fenced outdoor section to hang out with the domesticated fowl. He was nice and would let volunteers pet him. I think his name was Tom.
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    Mar 02, 2010 9:24 PM GMT
    I do believe that most of those photos are worth100 photos thus photoshopped to look as they do except for the last boating accident I think that actually took place..
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    Mar 02, 2010 11:15 PM GMT
    Reminds me of freshman year of college, when a duck had her nest at the bottom of a tree 5 feet from a walking path right next to my dorm. I heard one really masculine studly 19 year old say, "Hey bro! Don't touch the chicks! The mom won't come back if you do and they'll die!"

    So cute.