Your Afternoon Animal Fix

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“Baby ducks at the Reflecting Pool, taken this morning.
There was only one adult duck with all these ducks – I don’t know if they were all hers or if there was some sort of duckling daycare going on.”


“Bella in Adams Morgan
She’s just waiting for summer!”

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“Sadie the beagle (adopted from the Animal Welfare League of Arlington) is thrilled to come to work on Capitol Hill!”

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  • Sadie looks so happy! I love it when dogs look like they’re smiling.

  • anonymouse_dianne

    Definitely Duckling Day Care! Wonder if she walks dogs?

  • Aww, love duckling daycare!

  • I raised mallards back on the farm (mumbled around my toothpick) and once had a duck lay 16 eggs. But only 12 hatched. When the clutch was the more normal 12 eggs, they almost always all hatched. (That is, extra eggs doesn’t necessarily lead to extra ducklins. It’s 12. Always 12.) So I’d say 22 is either highly unusual, or a duckie daycare, which is adorable.
    In other interesting duck facts, mallards can live to their 20s.
    In distasteful duck facts, the standard mating arrangement is two drakes and a hen, and she doesn’t like it one bit. It’s noisy and violent.

    • Other females will lay their eggs in a nest when the nest’s female is off doing errands. Mating: I’ve seen multiple males (6) literally push one female from flight and keep her down. This was in Farragut Park. Happened frequently at the Gangplank.

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  • Yeah, apparently its a somewhat recent observation that duck hens do arrange a group childcare arrangement. Here’s a link to an article on it:

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