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October 5, 2012 9:26 AM   Subscribe

"For the first time in their lives two dozen recently rescued ducks get their first taste of life in a pond."
posted by stbalbach (54 comments total) 28 users marked this as a favorite

 
That was surprisingly affecting. It's all but impossible not to impute a huge sense of joy to their cavorting in the water. I've lived near water my entire life but I've never seen ducks that looked like they were having that much fun.
posted by saladin at 9:31 AM on October 5, 2012


I like how the gentle herding of them into the water quickly devolved into OH MY GOD JUST FLING THEM IN ALREADY.
posted by elizardbits at 9:32 AM on October 5, 2012 [24 favorites]


"wait, they're not taking to this like a duck to water. clearly, A MORE RADICAL APPROACH IS REQUIRED" *flings ducks*
posted by rmd1023 at 9:34 AM on October 5, 2012 [17 favorites]


I would definitely enjoy flinging into the water any kind of animal that would enjoy being flung into the water.
posted by elizardbits at 9:37 AM on October 5, 2012 [9 favorites]


Having just seen Jurassic Park, all I could think was "They're moving in herds. They do move in herds!"
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 9:37 AM on October 5, 2012 [3 favorites]


Notice nearly the first instinct is to "duck" their heads under water repeatedly. I guess this is where the word comes from, or how they got the name.
posted by stbalbach at 9:38 AM on October 5, 2012 [4 favorites]


GUYS! HEY GUYS! WE FLOAT! IT'S OKAY! IT IS OKAY!
posted by exlotuseater at 9:40 AM on October 5, 2012 [32 favorites]


Part 1:
*DUCKS GO IN THE WATER*
HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT
*DUCKS LEAVE THE WATER*

Part 2:
*DUCKS GO IN THE WATER*
HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT HO- .. Oh.. Ohhh..
posted by bleep at 9:41 AM on October 5, 2012 [24 favorites]


Sad that they spent their entire lives living with some quack.
posted by hal9k at 9:50 AM on October 5, 2012 [6 favorites]


I'll bet most of us would be just as adaptable if we were released into the one-percenter's pen.
posted by StickyCarpet at 9:56 AM on October 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


I was worried there for a minute that they might sink like stones.
posted by mochapickle at 10:04 AM on October 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


They're witches! Burn them! Burn them!
posted by briank at 10:06 AM on October 5, 2012 [7 favorites]


I've always had a soft spot for ducks, this didn't change that.
posted by doctor_negative at 10:08 AM on October 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


Now turn on the fountain!
posted by ceribus peribus at 10:11 AM on October 5, 2012


Your guess appears to be correct, stbalbach. Note that this also explains why "duck tape" has nothing to do with the waterfowl OR the "plunging into" aspect.
posted by Curious Artificer at 10:21 AM on October 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


The hoarder’s initial intentions were good and her love for the animals apparent, but she neglected to see how their overcrowding, over-breeding, lack of shelter and space and filthy conditions were hurting them. She also continued to buy chicks and ducklings online and mail ordered to her.

Wouldn't she probably just keep ordering birds?
posted by anazgnos at 10:25 AM on October 5, 2012


Curious Artificer, would it blow your mind to know that it's not called "duck tape" at all? Duct tape. For reals.
posted by Help, I can't stop talking! at 10:25 AM on October 5, 2012 [4 favorites]


Sometimes that duck looks right at ya. Right into your eyes. And the thing about a duck is he's got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll's eyes. When he comes at ya, he doesn't even seem to be livin'... 'til he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white and then... ah then you hear that terrible high-pitched quackin'. The pond turns red, and despite all your poundin' and your hollerin' those ducks come in and... they rip you to pieces.
posted by Atom Eyes at 10:33 AM on October 5, 2012 [10 favorites]


would it blow your mind to know that it's not called "duck tape" at all?

This might blow your mind then.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 10:33 AM on October 5, 2012 [14 favorites]


I feel like I've been picked up and tossed in a body of water.
posted by Help, I can't stop talking! at 10:35 AM on October 5, 2012 [4 favorites]


"That explains the feet! Guys! Look!"
posted by pracowity at 10:46 AM on October 5, 2012 [7 favorites]


CHanged my whole attitude to life today. Go,duckies,go!!
posted by Isadorady at 10:48 AM on October 5, 2012


"Gentle like....."
posted by Fizz at 10:54 AM on October 5, 2012


Wheee!
posted by yoga at 10:55 AM on October 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


Well, I 'm just here from the anti-duck contingent to say these animals are a total pain in the...OMG THAT IS SO AWESOME!!

Ducks: "I have never felt this cleeeeeeeeeeean before!" *sigh*
posted by blurker at 11:01 AM on October 5, 2012


That made my day! I was grinning like a fool. Thanks.
posted by Pocahontas at 11:02 AM on October 5, 2012


At the end they look remarkably like pleasantly ruffled, tired children back from a long day at the swimming pool.
posted by vegartanipla at 11:07 AM on October 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


NO NO NO NO NO NO

Um. (*splash*) Um. (*splish*)

YAY! YAY YAY! YAY! YAY! YAY!
posted by xingcat at 11:07 AM on October 5, 2012 [4 favorites]


Now let's get them all together and get them to do an It Gets Better video.
posted by mudpuppie at 11:08 AM on October 5, 2012 [3 favorites]


The music was also a very good choice. Complemented the ducks' apparent joy well.
posted by jiawen at 11:17 AM on October 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


But what if they were the size of horses? Would we be laughing then?
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 11:50 AM on October 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


This might blow your mind all over the place.
posted by StickyCarpet at 11:51 AM on October 5, 2012


My mind wasn't blown until I started thinking about Justin Bieber Duck Tape in the same way as Roy Orbison Cling Film.
posted by Curious Artificer at 12:04 PM on October 5, 2012 [5 favorites]


My favorite thing about ducks (other than their ostentatiously bright orange feet!) is when they wiggle their butt feathers and it starts at the tips of their tails and then suddenly ripples down their bodies such that the WHOLE DUCK WIGGLES.

wiggle wiggle wiggle WHOLE DUCK WIGGLE
posted by jillithd at 1:04 PM on October 5, 2012 [5 favorites]


I've just met a goose named Maria, and suddenly nothing will ever be the same
posted by homunculus at 1:26 PM on October 5, 2012 [3 favorites]


Cute video from the same sanctuary: blind chicken lays egg (warning: cloaca).
posted by gubo at 1:51 PM on October 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


I enjoyed the quip "I saw an episode of Benny Hill that was just like this!"
posted by aclevername at 3:09 PM on October 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


I think we can all agree, hoarding sucks.
posted by crunchland at 3:33 PM on October 5, 2012


Seeing animals find their way "home" is really moving. I work with the Wildlife Center of Virginia and they do a lot releases after rehab, this bear release was really amazing. Listen to the sound of one of the little guys 'scratching off' in the gravel.
posted by skepticbill at 4:18 PM on October 5, 2012 [4 favorites]


I recently took this video of a duckling taking the long way to its mother.
posted by Burhanistan at 4:47 PM on October 5, 2012 [4 favorites]


"Aw, yisss ... I floatz!"
posted by ZenMasterThis at 4:48 PM on October 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


+2 for the Jonathan Richman soundtrack
posted by sneebler at 4:55 PM on October 5, 2012


Despite the comedy chase, the first part of the video made me sad that these ducks had no idea what water was.

So, even though I'm an atheist, I nevertheless hope there's an extra-special circle of hell reserved for animal hoarders.
posted by essexjan at 5:00 PM on October 5, 2012


The mentally ill are already in Hell while they're still alive.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 5:26 PM on October 5, 2012 [6 favorites]


So, even though I'm an atheist, I nevertheless hope there's an extra-special circle of hell reserved for animal hoarders.
posted by essexjan at 5:00 PM


Take your pick from Dante's choices:
1 First Circle (Limbo) - For confusing care for harm.
2 Second Circle (Lust) - For impractically loving animals in the wrong way.
3 Third Circle (Gluttony) - For over-indulging in flocks!
4 Fourth Circle (Greed) - Excessive hoarding!
5 Fifth Circle (Anger) - Gets a pass on this level....
6 Sixth Circle (Heresy) - For lying to yourself that the animals were better off in your care.
7 Seventh Circle (Violence) - Harming birds by locking them up in bad conditions.
8 Eighth Circle (Fraud) - Deliberately keeping birds from natural habitat.
9 Ninth Circle (Treachery) - See all of the above.
posted by Rashomon at 5:57 PM on October 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


No pass on 5, definitely caused anger in others.
posted by bleep at 6:24 PM on October 5, 2012


Echoing exlotuseater and others, I love how the ducks are all "Eep! Get me away from this weird substance!" at first, and then make it to "Wow, I was made for this. I've found my mission in life."
posted by jiawen at 6:51 PM on October 5, 2012


But what if they were the size of horses? Would we be laughing then?

No. No we wouldn't.
posted by asterix at 7:31 PM on October 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


I enjoyed the quip "I saw an episode of Benny Hill that was just like this!"

I'm surprised no one mentioned the reference to cat videos. Either it was too obvious or too obscure not sure which.
posted by stbalbach at 8:11 PM on October 5, 2012


The ducks were pretty neat, but that goose story... man. Geese are awesome, and so is Dominic.
posted by chrominance at 11:14 PM on October 5, 2012


The only thing that would have made this video better would be a rescued herding dog getting his big chance to HERD.
posted by bleep at 8:27 AM on October 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


They were missing something their whole lives, something incredibly natural and essential to being a duck, that was finally provided to them.

I wonder what those ducks' attitudes towards the people who threw them in the lake? I wonder if it will affect those ducks' feelings about humans in general?

I wonder if perhaps people don't have their own individual versions of the Missing Lake, that they pine away for all their lives without even realizing it.
posted by JHarris at 3:19 PM on October 7, 2012


Wise Teen Girl Proves Benefits Of Home-Schooling: Being Gay Turns You Into A Duck
posted by homunculus at 12:32 PM on October 14, 2012


The best duck experiment ever conducted by physicists
posted by homunculus at 4:20 PM on October 16, 2012


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