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August 26, 2013 6:42 AM   Subscribe

Wrangling yellow, peeping kittens: A mother cat caring for some ducklings.

Best part starts at about a minute and a half in when mama cat needs to deal with a stray.

Note: title blatantly stolen from youtube comments.
posted by quin (31 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite

 
I was expecting suckling.
posted by planetesimal at 6:57 AM on August 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Suddenly the after-effects of my rather stressful day have just slid away... thanks mama cat and peeping kittens!
posted by Alice Russel-Wallace at 7:02 AM on August 26, 2013


That cat looks confused as shit about where the hell the escapee kittenduck's scruff is
posted by dismas at 7:04 AM on August 26, 2013 [17 favorites]


It's fun to imagine the amount of deeply ingrained genetic instinct that's totally freaking out when the cat picks up that duckling. OH SHIT RUN NO EAT IT WHAT ARE YOU DOING WHAT IS GOING ON THERE IS NO PRECEDENT FOR THIS.
posted by fight or flight at 7:11 AM on August 26, 2013 [4 favorites]


That cat looks confused as shit about where the hell the escapee kittenduck's scruff is

That's what I was thinking. "What the hell! Kittens have an off switch!"
posted by hoyland at 7:13 AM on August 26, 2013 [4 favorites]


If she can train them to use the litter box then having a pet duck becomes feasible.
posted by The Whelk at 7:14 AM on August 26, 2013 [4 favorites]


There are big stupid happy tears in my eyes. TEARS. Damn you, and your ridiculous kittyduckling cuteness. Damn you all!
posted by billiebee at 7:18 AM on August 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


Trying to pick the ducklings up by the scruff is really the most adorable part, though the duckling cuddling under the front leg is pretty close.
posted by jeather at 7:19 AM on August 26, 2013


Oxytocin, it's a hell of a drug.
posted by CheeseDigestsAll at 7:20 AM on August 26, 2013 [5 favorites]


Lack of interspeciessnorgling tag = unforgivable.
posted by nathancaswell at 7:35 AM on August 26, 2013 [4 favorites]


This is cute, but I couldn't shake the impression that the cat was not so much mothering the ducklings as she was tending her smallholding.
posted by MuffinMan at 7:41 AM on August 26, 2013 [7 favorites]


If she can train them to use the litter box then having a pet duck becomes feasible

But since it's a duck, it would basically never leave its litter box, what with having to crap every 20 seconds.
posted by planetesimal at 7:56 AM on August 26, 2013 [3 favorites]


I have seen the aftermath of duckling imprinting and five years on it's not pretty. Duck shit all over the place.
posted by KokuRyu at 7:56 AM on August 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


It's fun to imagine the amount of deeply ingrained genetic instinct that's totally freaking out when the cat picks up that duckling. OH SHIT RUN NO EAT IT WHAT ARE YOU DOING WHAT IS GOING ON THERE IS NO PRECEDENT FOR THIS.
posted by fight or flight at 10:11 AM on August 26


Amazingly eponysterical!
posted by Navelgazer at 8:09 AM on August 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


This is cute, but I couldn't shake the impression that the cat was not so much mothering the ducklings as she was tending her smallholding.

Well, that says "Day 6". It was posted May 25, 2013.
There is no "Day 7". Coincidence?

I was hoping to see the ducks heading into the water and mama cat's reaction to that bit of fun.
posted by Goofyy at 8:09 AM on August 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


FORM OF... KITTENDUCKYBALL! *sparklywhoosh*
posted by Iosephus at 8:10 AM on August 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


This is cute, but I couldn't shake the impression that the cat was not so much mothering the ducklings as she was tending her smallholding.

Day One. 8 little ducklings and mother doing just fine.

Day Three. 6 little ducklings and mother doing just fine.

Day Five. 4 little ducklings and mother doing just fine.
posted by Floydd at 8:11 AM on August 26, 2013 [3 favorites]


This is what they call "grooming."
posted by annekate at 8:11 AM on August 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Eight little ducks went out one day
over the hill and far away
Mother cat said
MEOW MEOW MEOW MEOW
and all of the lost little ducks went what the heck was that? Meow? Are we supposed to run or something? oh look food!
posted by eriko at 8:23 AM on August 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


This is even cuter than turtleducklings!
posted by nicebookrack at 8:29 AM on August 26, 2013


Oh sure, it's all adorable fun and games now, but just wait 'till those little bastards grow up!
posted by GoingToShopping at 8:34 AM on August 26, 2013


Which one of these is not like the others?
posted by tafetta, darling! at 9:21 AM on August 26, 2013


some see maternal emotion; I see a tasting test
posted by angrycat at 10:21 AM on August 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Around 2:13 one of the other ducklings totally catches the blame for their wayward sibling as the mom loses count of who she's trying to discipline and just grabs the one furthest to her left.
posted by yerfatma at 10:51 AM on August 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


The all smell like duck to her. It must be very confusing for everyone.
posted by Kevin Street at 11:21 AM on August 26, 2013


Oh sure, it's all adorable fun and games now, but just wait 'till those little bastards grow up! yt

To be fair, our beloved great whales engage in the same behaviour.

In this clip, a group of fertile males surround a female who is not initially receptive in order to mate.

So let's put that dumb and mildly offensive "duck rape" meme to rest. Animals are different than us.
posted by KokuRyu at 11:43 AM on August 26, 2013


Farming! Smart cat.
posted by Westringia F. at 11:57 AM on August 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Oh the cuteness. This has made a lousy day much better.
posted by kathrynm at 12:20 PM on August 26, 2013


some see maternal emotion; I see a tasting test
posted by angrycat at 1:21 PM on August 26 [+] [!]


Also eponysterical.
posted by bilabial at 12:53 PM on August 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


At first I thought it was a marvel of video editing that the ducklings were fast-forwarded while the cats were at normal speed. I guess ducklings are just that frenetic?
posted by NMcCoy at 4:32 PM on August 26, 2013


That's just ducked up.
posted by radwolf76 at 2:41 AM on August 27, 2013


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