An adult, female duck was spotted on Lake Bemidji in Minnesota by amateur photographer Brent Cizek.
It’s incredible that one adult duck was able to lead and care for dozens of ducklings. All of the ducklings followed orderly behind the mama duck.
The type of duck, a common merganser, can lay around a dozen eggs at a time. This means that all of the ducklings following the mama duck were not all of her own.
Ducky Day Care
Some ducks, including the common merganser, raise their babies in a group similar to a day care. Most of the time, the duck who raises the ducklings is an older, more experienced duck. This gives the ducklings the best chance for survival. Most of the female ducks lay their eggs around the same time, leaving their ducklings in care of the matriarch.
At the Oklahoma City Zoo, a lion behind a glass wall wanted to play with a little girl’s stuffed lion doll. The little girl was more than happy to oblige and moved the doll around to amuse the much larger lion. It was such a cute spectacle for everyone to see.
The lion paced back and forth trying to figure out a way to play with the toy and even went up on its two hind legs and scratched at the glass. The smile on the little girl’s face while playing with the lion was priceless. How luck of her to be able to experience it. Every time that I’ve been to the zoo, the lion typically was laying down, simply watching over the land and everyone that passed.
One of the reasons shelter pets don’t get adopted is because of their anxiety when they meet potential new families. With limited interaction with people, shelter pets are anxious and turn off many would-be parents.
The HSOM (Humane Society of Missouri) runs The Shelter Buddies Reading Program which helps solve this problem. Children read for about 15 minutes which each pet, dog or cat, which gives the pet comfort and helps reduce anxiety. The children sit outside of the dog’s kennel and reads to it.
Road to Adoption
The people involved with The Shelter Buddies Reading Program believe that the program has lead to pets being adopted more quickly. The program is a win-win since it helps the pets get adopted sooner and helps make the transition to a new home smoother since the pets are used to human interaction.