I just wanted to share something with all you animal lovers. There are 6 ducks that frequently come to our yard at the camp. They are not a family of ducks, but 3 mallards, and 3 white ducks, all adults. We sometimes feed them, and they like to sleep there because they know it is safe. It is also great entertainment for our 7 cats to watch them. My neighbor, Lois, has always said that when she puts water out for them they thank her by flapping their wings and quacking. I didn`t really think so, but didn`t tell her. A few days ago I heard a terrible racket outside. There were some young boys about 10 or 12 yelling and chasing the ducks. The ducks were almost screaming and running away. Five of them ran one way, and one of them ran into our yard, with the young terrorists at his heels. I went to the window and yelled at the boys. I told them to get out of the yard and leave the ducks alone. They ran off, and the duck turned and looked at me. He called to all the other ducks who came immediately to him. He stood in front of all the other ducks, faced my window directly...looked right at me and flapped his wings and quacked for about 10 seconds. Then he led all the ducks off to the wooded area. There was no doubt in my mind that I had truely been thanked.
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7/21/01 at 7:48pm