Adorable waterslide for ducklings
October 25, 2013 2:44 PM   Subscribe

Someone went to the trouble of building a waterslide for cute fuzzy baby ducks. Spoiler: the ducklings love it! (SLYT)
posted by Joh (45 comments total) 29 users marked this as a favorite
 
That is adorable! They are very good at taking turns, too.
posted by tavella at 2:49 PM on October 25, 2013 [6 favorites]


These duckies are better behaved than kids at waterparks.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 2:53 PM on October 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


It's all fun and games until they grow up and decide to shit on everything you love.
posted by The Whelk at 2:56 PM on October 25, 2013 [3 favorites]


Oh man. I raised ducks for a few years a couple years back. Ducklings are the cutest things, especially when they get their tiny little asses into water. This is great!
posted by nevercalm at 2:56 PM on October 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


Spoiler: the ducklings love it! (SLYT)

Whew! So relieved.
posted by Going To Maine at 3:00 PM on October 25, 2013


waddlewaddlewaddle

WHEEEEEEEE!

waddlewaddlewaddlewaddle

WHEEEEEEEEE!

waddlewaddlewaddle

WHEEEEEEEE!
posted by xingcat at 3:00 PM on October 25, 2013 [11 favorites]


That didn't heal my soul at all. Maybe if I could eat one of them when it gets a little bigger, but please stop making it exercise so much so it will be plump.
posted by planetesimal at 3:08 PM on October 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


A quick canvass of other species:

Doberman on waterslide: ✔
Otter on makeshift slide: ✔
Cats on waterslide: OH HORRORS WHAT DEMONIC CONVEYANCE BE THIS
posted by Iridic at 3:09 PM on October 25, 2013 [18 favorites]


Per*PEEP*ual motion machine

(Duckings go PEEP, yes?)
posted by Atom Eyes at 3:09 PM on October 25, 2013 [4 favorites]


I'm having trouble connecting to google services. Google's home page, gmail, youtube, you name it. Everyone else seems to be connecting fine though. Whyyyyyyy.
posted by Justinian at 3:15 PM on October 25, 2013


I want to see baby ducks!
posted by Justinian at 3:15 PM on October 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


Wow. They really take to that like a something something.
posted by etc. at 3:20 PM on October 25, 2013 [25 favorites]


Friday has just improved.
posted by Kevin Street at 3:20 PM on October 25, 2013


Ugly ducklings not allowed to ride!
posted by dry white toast at 3:21 PM on October 25, 2013


That murdered me with cuteness. I am now dead. My soul, on the other hand, has never been better.
posted by Joey Michaels at 3:24 PM on October 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


Oh man, I needed this today. Thanks.
posted by Hamusutaa at 3:26 PM on October 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


Spoiler: the ducklings love it!

What I see is that some cunning human has suspended a trough with duck food in it at the top, the ducks try to eat the food, and sometimes they slip. Do they rush back up because they're excited to go down the slide again? Or are they just desperately hungry, so hungry they'll risk the terror of the slide?
posted by stebulus at 3:48 PM on October 25, 2013 [10 favorites]


Ok, I'm pretty certain that I've just hit the happiest moment in my life watching this.
From here on out it's downhill.
posted by bigendian at 3:56 PM on October 25, 2013


Iridic: "Doberman on waterslide : ✔"

oh man that dog he's all

YES YES YES YES YES YES AWEEEEESOOOMEEE
YES YES YES YES YES YES AWEEEEEESOOOOMEME

and then someones shuts off the slide

YES YES YES YE... HEEEYYYYY WHATSAMATTAYOU
posted by danny the boy at 3:57 PM on October 25, 2013 [11 favorites]


They take turns! So cute!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 4:35 PM on October 25, 2013


See it starts with a waterslide, but then they grow up and they need that thrill and take to surfing on waterfalls just for the hit of adrenaline.
posted by TwoWordReview at 4:36 PM on October 25, 2013 [3 favorites]


here's another slide for ducklings - guess what, still adorable!
posted by nadawi at 4:46 PM on October 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


nadawi: "here's another slide for ducklings - guess what, still adorable !"

I just like how a couple of them are all "Herpdederp. Me slide sometime!"
posted by Samizdata at 4:48 PM on October 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


Samizdata - agreed! i also like the one who keeps sitting on top of the food, "naw, this here bowl is mine y'all find your own!" and then he ends up falling down the slide backwards.
posted by nadawi at 4:52 PM on October 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


I can't look at ducks the same after seeing zefrank's True Facts about the Duck.
posted by Hazelsmrf at 4:56 PM on October 25, 2013 [7 favorites]


Uh, apologies for being a buzzkill, but I'm pretty sure they're trying to eat from a tray of food that's placed just.... beyond... their reach before they slide down the slide. Look at some of the other videos on the Youtube page and it's a little more obvious. I'm not sure how much joy is involved here.

I feel like I just spilled the beans about Santa Claus.
posted by ga$money at 5:22 PM on October 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


This is because ducks, like most Awful Things, are incapable of joy.
posted by The Whelk at 5:25 PM on October 25, 2013


The ducklings are kept hungry so they'll try to eat out of the tray, slip and fall down the slide. They are too young to have oiled feathers, so they run back up to the heat lamp where it's warm.
posted by mfb at 5:27 PM on October 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


It's just gets worse... I'm stepping away from my computer now.
posted by ga$money at 5:30 PM on October 25, 2013


in the video i posted, the ducklings can eat without falling and they're having a fun time splashing in the water and hanging out up top.
posted by nadawi at 5:33 PM on October 25, 2013 [8 favorites]


happy friday! Oh and this reminds me, I need to pick up some duckling food for the wee ones on my way home. [yes I raise ducks]
posted by mfb at 5:33 PM on October 25, 2013


The ducklings are kept hungry so they'll try to eat out of the tray, slip and fall down the slide. They are too young to have oiled feathers, so they run back up to the heat lamp where it's warm.

And now my heart has turned to stone again. Oh well.
posted by swift at 5:33 PM on October 25, 2013


Ohhh my goodness true facts
posted by DoctorFedora at 5:36 PM on October 25, 2013


The ducklings are kept hungry so they'll try to eat out of the tray, slip and fall down the slide. They are too young to have oiled feathers, so they run back up to the heat lamp where it's warm.

I've raised many ducks from ducklings in my youth, and though the food and lamp at the top is a bit of encouragement to keep the action going, there is a certain point in a duckling's life where the drive to explore and have brief but adorable adventures exceeds the comfort of the warming lamp. That time is filled with a near endless loop of excursions lasting 45 to 90 seconds of the most absolutely jaw-droppingly cute antics, where you see their personalities develop. You see who is more outgoing, who is shy and scared, and those in-between but socially aware who are encouraging the wallflowers to come out, and the over-eager ones to return. And then, when they are all tired and worn out, and their day is done (which could be anywhere between 15 minutes and a couple hours), they all cuddle up under the lamp together and take a nap after a good meal.

I had not thought about those times in a long while. Thanks, Joh. After a long, rough week that's exactly what I needed to get my happy back.
posted by chambers at 6:54 PM on October 25, 2013 [29 favorites]


Yeah, I'm not seeing a lot of accidental slides in the video that nadawi linked. Maybe a couple of tumbles, but mostly they appear to be eating without difficulty, then ducking* their heads down and diving down the slide.

*I am so sorry
posted by reprise the theme song and roll the credits at 7:31 PM on October 25, 2013 [4 favorites]


This thread is a hotbed of spurious anthropomorphism!
posted by planetesimal at 7:36 PM on October 25, 2013


This thread is a hotbed of spurious anthropomorphism!


Yes, these tiny devolved velociraptors obviously seek nothing other than slaughter.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 8:10 PM on October 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


Ducks probably aren't dinosaurs.
posted by planetesimal at 8:52 PM on October 25, 2013


Okay, the important question is why do all the ducks go up the ramp to their left? Does no duck turn right? Are all ducks left-footed?? Is the right ramp somehow less cute?
posted by teleri025 at 9:13 PM on October 25, 2013 [3 favorites]


The other ramp is for chickens. (I suppose next you'll be asking about road crossings.)
posted by iamkimiam at 9:48 PM on October 25, 2013


Otter on makeshift slide

The thing that makes that video is to imagine he's an Evil Genius. The looking back over the shoulder and tenting the paws suggest plans are starting to foment and when they come to fruition, then we'll see who laughs. THEN WE WILL SEE JUST WHO DOES LAUGH AND WHO FEELS BAD ABOUT THAT THING FROM HIGH SCHOOL!
posted by yerfatma at 3:10 AM on October 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


When I was a kid, every county fair in the state had one of these in some exhibition barn or another. Endless entertainment.
posted by Thorzdad at 5:32 AM on October 26, 2013




Okay, the important question is why do all the ducks go up the ramp to their left? Does no duck turn right? Are all ducks left-footed?? Is the right ramp somehow less cute?
posted by teleri025 13 hours ago [1 favorite +]


They're not ambi-turners!
posted by TwoWordReview at 10:35 AM on October 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Angels slide.
posted by Devils Slide at 4:34 PM on October 26, 2013


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