Sedative saidPoor fucking ducklings.
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: