Thursday, June 4, 2009

Mal's Mallard Magic

Some days ... I tell ya.
When you don't know what on earth you're going to do, somehow your friends swoop in to save you.
That's what happened here at this old farm last night.

There I stood, in the middle of the driveway - camera in hand...with a frantic look on my face. Like "niece" Malorie appeared, a knight in shining armor, ok...a knightess in a shiny new Pathfinder.
You see...I was trying to rescue some duckies that had fallen into the fishpond that we had drained for repairs. The mama duck thought I was up to no good, so she chased me away from the pond, hissing and attempting to peck at my bare legs with her beak. Note to self: when doing battle with an angry duck, don't wear shorts and flip-flops.
I was at a loss as to what to do. The mama was so upset I was afraid she was going to hurt herself.
Then....ta daaaaa.
Malorie pulled on the driveway, I frantically told her my story and she said "I'm not afraid of a silly duck!"

Here's the really mad mama duck, standing at the edge of the abyss, where her two little darlings were four feet down...quacking for all they were worth

Hellooo...anybody up there?

Malorie walked right up to the pond, the mama quacked, hissed and fluttered...Mal stood her ground. Mama took to the air, flew around in circles to divert us I think. Hubby fished the ducklings out of the pond with a swimming pool skimmer. Hey...desperate times call for desperate measures!

The ducklings waddled off to the creek, mama flew back and landed in the water.

And they all lived happily ever after.

I love a happy ending, don't you?


quilly said...

How many people does it take to rescue a duckling from a dry pond? Sounds like the start of an ethnic joke, doesn't it?

I am glad the three of you were able to team uip and save the babies. I wonder if the mama duck ever figured out that you were on her side?

bobbie said...

I think she knew you were the good guys, once she had a chance to calm down.


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Lori said...

I do love a happy ending. Its times like these when you wish you could communicate with animals.


Acts of kindness make me feel so happy.

Dianne said...

you are all heroes!!

Mother Nature will remember this

Malorie (The Knightess) said...