Adult ducks find water for the first time

Makes me wonder about what happens to us, any of us (biped, furry, feathery, etc.) when our nature is suppressed. Little over a minute joyous vid of freed adult ducks.

About The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

The year 1895 was filled with memorable historical events: the Dreyfus Affair divided France; Booker T. Washington gave his Atlanta address; Richard Olney, United States Secretary of State, expanded the effects of the Monroe Doctrine in settling a boundary dispute between the United Kingdom and Venezuela; and Oscar Wilde was tried and convicted for "gross indecency" under Britian's recently passed law that made sex between males a criminal offense. When the news of Wilde's conviction went out over telegraphs worldwide, it threw a small Nevada town into chaos. This is the story of what happened when the lives of its citizens were impacted by the news of Oscar Wildes' imprisonment. It is chronicle of hatred and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences, and how love and friendship bring strength and healing. Paulette Mahurin, the author, is a Nurse Practitioner who lives in Ojai, California with her husband Terry and their two dogs--- Max and Bella. She practices women's health in a rural clinic and writes in her spare time. All profits from her book are going to animal rescue, Santa Paula Animal Shelter, the first and only no-kill shelter in Ventura County, CA, where she lives. (see links below on Ventura County Star Article & Shelter) To find out more please go the The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap on facebook or Amazon or e-mail us at the gavatar addresses. Thank you. (photos: of Paulette, her family, and a reading at The Ojai Art Center, July 2012)
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38 Responses to Adult ducks find water for the first time

  1. tazzielove says:

    Pretty revelatory that they didn’t want to get in the water and then the immense joy when they did. Heart-wrenching to think of where they came from and heart-warming that they are freed at last.

  2. gita4elamats says:

    😀 I’m grinning from ear to ear! Thanks for the joy! 😀

  3. 68ghia says:

    This was such a cute vid P!!!
    I’m also sitting here grinning like a loon 🙂

  4. Alison says:

    That was so joyous!
    Thank you! Big smile 🙂

  5. feelingjoy says:

    Paulette, thank you for another wonderful youtube! :)) As for me, I see when I’m disconnected from my natural realm or childlike behavior or disconnected from my true self, I act crazy…lol

  6. pishnguyen says:

    Fantastically fun and funny video. I had seen it a few days ago, but it’s definitely worth a second (and third, fourth, etc …) look. Ducks — gotta love them. 😀

  7. Lord, love a duck. Precious. How do you spell happiness?

  8. FlaHam says:

    Very cute, puts a whole new meaning on “Like a duck out of water” doesn’t it. But they did figure it out. Thanks, Bill

  9. When living in Arizona I rescued baby ducks that were orphaned from geese who’d kill their momma’s. At one time I had about 40 ducklings. Learning to watch the female ducks and see how they interacted with their little ones was so wonderful. I can fully appreciate how much they imprint on you if you treat them like your own children. It was a delightful experience.
    Enjoyed this

    • Wow, what a great experience that must have been. Lucky you. 🙂

      • The first duckling we named Huey. We hand raised him. He still had egg shell on his beak. He became so use to us and we gradually loved him like a child. He stayed with us until he was an adult mallard. I cried like a baby when we had to release him to the wild. He was the biggest mallard that anyone had seen. He’d grab the bottom of your shirts and tug on them. And he’d jump in your lap and put his beak against your face as though he was kissing you. I will never forget him.

      • Awww, what a wonderful experience that must have been. I can imagine the bittersweet feelings you must have had when you set him free. Bless you for all you do for animals. 🙂

  10. Denise Hisey says:

    That is adorable, Paulette!
    I think there is a lesson in there somewhere for me…but it’s not coming to me yet. 😉

  11. seeker says:

    That is a wonderful for the ducks and to see them enjoy what they have been missing. Thank you.

  12. adinparadise says:

    This brought tears to my eyes, Paulette., and then a smile to my face. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Clowie says:

    We’re smiling! They didn’t need much convincing that water is nice!

  14. fournier0917 says:

    Great video, most enjoyable… Interesting on how it started with the need for convincing before they take to the water for the first time. Sort of having to “get all your ducks in a row”( ouch, I’can’t believe I said that…sorry Paulette) before they will do what we believe is natural for them. Jean-Jacques

    • All the ducks in a row, another appropriate and very cute metaphor. Glad you let loose and said it. I saw another video once about beagles that were rescued from a kennel where they were caged all their lives. When rescued and the doors to their crates were opened they didn’t want to step out on the grass. It took them all a long time and once out, it was joyous just like the ducks. Very interesting to watch animals and how fast they respond to abuse and suppression. They’re the best teachers.

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