Why Evolution Is True
Why Evolution is True is a blog written by Jerry Coyne, centered on evolution and biology but also dealing with diverse topics like politics, culture, and cats.
You’re her dad now.
Very cute – I guess you’re imprinted now!
Is she doing better now, Jerry?
Yes! Almost completely recovered. Tomorrow we try to reunite her with Honey’s brood. I think it’s a male, but not telling. It’s running around my bedroom peeping up a storm, and it’s had a meal and some water.
So glad to hear that!
How long will s/he nap? Adorable
She hears your beating heart. She feels the love.
Adorable! What a good duck uncle.
A duck and her human. You appear to have been claimed.
I’ve kept ducks for 26 years on my little French farm, and it is difficult to explain to people the charm of ducks. They are brilliantly strategic and develop clever plans to get to food, and yet they are often quite stupid as a group. Of course tame farmyard ducks are not like wild ducks. They are the greediest creatures you will ever meet, and have clever plans to break into the food store. For example a duck will follow me into the foodstore on tiptoe and hide in the shadows until I am gone. And then they will stuff themselves, until they can get to a pond where they settle very low in the water, almost over their back! I suggest ducks have an intelligence somewhat like a dog or a goat. More of their food strategies another time. By the way, Conrad Lorenz got it all wrong about ducks.
Jerry’s ducks are different. They are acedemic ducks with tenure!
academic, of course. The correction feature doesn’t seem to work.
A little French farm! I am so envious!
So when are you gonna eat that bird? 🙂
Aww. Very sweet.
You’re taking this to another level.
Awww. Glad to hear the little peeper is going to make it.
You’re a good man Charlie Brown!
Wakey-wakey!! Which of the two is napping the most?
A pair of mated Mallard ducks used to turn up at the front door of my parents house for a number of years. My mother used to feed them.
We never saw a nest or any ducklings but they left an egg on one occasion.
One year there were three of them (no awkward questions asked!!!).
What a lovely pair to make, Jerry…. you and your duckter. Bless your heart.
… you make… that is. (The edit feature is defunct.)
I guess the duckling has imprinted on you now. As such, you are the parent and are responsible for its upbringing. Good luck.