Pets & Animals
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I love a duck tale. He looks just like my Fluffy.
Ha, what a great story.
A therapy duck, the first I've ever heard of that.
I had a classroom duck that at the end of the year, became my pet duck. These white Long Island ducks are unbelievably smart.
We love our ducks here, too. Here is a very famous roadside attraction that is on Long Island. He is known as the "Flanders Duck"... 'cause he was from Flanders, LI.
Ducks are cool when they're on the lake but I just can't get cuddly with a duck. But that's just me
I didn' think I could and then when you raise one from a baby, they become like a cat or a dog.
You not having had a significant avian relationship doesn't delegitimize other's.
As Perrie noted, ducks are capable of dog like devotion and can be affectionate.
Like any pet, it is entirely dependent on how much attention you give to them...
I didn't say it did. I said that was just me. I know other people who have pet ducks and chickens
Some birds would really surprised you with their intelligence and...feelings.
They can be really quirky. They are particularly prone to suffering jealousy...
Very true Jbb.
I had a parakeet who didn't like my boyfriend since he felt that he wasn't getting enough love. Never bit anyone but him. Of course, parakeet bites don't hurt, but it was funny to see.
I saw something on this, I think, last month. It's very cute!
Yesterday I came across a video of three white geese that "protect" a little Japanese woman.
Can you find it and post it here? I would love that.
Perhaps this is the one?
The Four Loyal Geese On Guard For A Grandmother 2:58 min
Even if it's not the specific video Evilgenius was referencing it sure is a cute one in its own right.
Yes this is the one.
That is just amazing....
When I was a young girl I had both a pet chicken and pet duck. Both were females, and very lovable. They were both raised from hatch-lings by me, and they were only a month apart. The chicken was all black except for her little red comb, and the duck was as while as snow. The chicken was named Miss Biddie, and the duck was Miss Dilly (her mate was named Daffy).
When they saw me come out the back door to the yard they would both run over and sit by me and cuddle. Miss Biddie doing her little clucking of contentment, and Miss Dilly doing her little quiet quacking, which sounded almost like humming.
They would nuzzle their heads in my hands and enjoy our togetherness. They were both good friends as well. When they walked on from old age I missed them terribly. They were such a loving part of my life.
Great story Raven. I know how you felt when they left you. I felt the same way.
We be buds ya know.
It's like people who get really large dogs - they don't live long. But anytime you get a pet, there is sadness somewhere in the future. It's worth it, IMO. But then as Kavika mentioned in another article, when the human is old, sometimes the future sadness will belong to the pet.
I have always said, if we are lucky, we have wondeful pets in our lives and sadly there will come a day when we have to say goodbye. But it is better to have love and lost than to never have loved at all.
But when the person leaves the pet, they just don't understand and they really mourn.
But it is better to have love and lost than to never have loved at all.
I always felt that the deeper the sorrow of their loss was due to the deeper love I had for them, and the deeper happiness they gave to my life. And it was priceless.
It's nice that a duck can communicate with a little girl like that. One of the wonders of nature.
One of the wonders of nature.
Truly! To see the duck laying on top of her was just beautiful.
I had two white ducks when I was younger. Raised them from babies. They would follow me around. Even had a pool for them to swim in.
Unfortunately I came home from work one day and they both had a broken leg. Had to put them down.
Still think it was my neighbor, he hated them.
When two birds get a broken leg on the same day, it's no accident.
I usually corralled them up when I left. That day it was really nice so I decided to let them stay out.
He took advantage. Always had problems with him. He was just a jerk all around. Could never prove it was him but I know it was. He even tried to say it was the dog we had at the time which I know was bullshit. The dog liked them and never bothered them. Plus I always put the dog inside when I left.
So the neighbor says, while we were away on vacation, there were absolutely no ducks around for two weeks.
Within an hour of arriving home, eight adult males show up to say hello and look for fresh corn.
An hour later they were gone and our "missing" Lavender Muscovy female arrived with a pleasant surprise.
12 new members of the family !!
AWWWWWWWWW... too cute!
Does she let you near them?
She's a big duck, so I wouldn't want to try and get near them if she didn't want me to.
She's about 7 lbs ( the males are 15-17 lbs ) with a 3 foot wing span. ( males have almost a 5 foot wingspan )
We can walk among the adults with no problems.
The babies get to within 2 feet of us presently.
When I was a kid a real asshole that lived in the area shot one of my friends dogs...Didn't kill it, but it was bad.
Someone or somebody stole his car and drove it into the lake...Destroyed the car..Never had a problem with him again.
My friend was given 5 small ducks from a farmer. Most were mallards, but one was a muscovey (we called it the dragon duck). That one was pretty aggressive and nasty, but we liked them all. They lived on the river at my friend's house. 3 of them disappeared the first year - probably snapping turtles (one of my friends saw a snapping turtle pull a goose under water once). The others became our pets. They'd come running up to quack when we came down to the river lot, hang out with us, sometimes swim with us when we kayaked, and we'd feed them. The dragon duck stole someone's sandwich right off the table once!
Some jackass in an airboat shot the dragon duck during hunting season and broke his wing. Since he rarely flew, it's likely he was shot while swimming - which is illegal. The next year the same idiot killed all 3 of them. I'm sure there was no way he could tell the mallards were pet ducks (I had suggested that my friend find a way to mark them), but muscovies are not native and there's no way he could have thought that was a wild duck - plus it definitely wasn't flying since he broke its wing. I just hope the mallards tasted like crap since my friend fed them dried dog food.
I saw the airboat idiot on the river the other week and was so tempted to say something.
If you liked this story, you would LOVE watching the movie "Fly Away Home". Anyone here seen it?
I did Buzz. I really liked that movie! Those were geese.
Yeah, Canada Geese. The relevance is the bonding of the birds to the young girl. Is that not what the article is about? Of course I had to guess since I have no idea what the article is about, and had to glean its meaning from the comments.
Check out birdofpreymovie.com - not related to birds being pets, but it's a great movie about the endangered Philippine Eagle. I was fortunate to see it on the big screen at the local university a couple of years ago, and it's now available online.
A pet is a pet and love is love and always the twain will meet.
Time for Peking Duck. First duck head soup, then Peking duck with a sauce and pancakes.