Funny Duck Pictures and Ducklings
Here is one of the saddest pictures on the entire site. I wonder what the mother duck could have done differently?
Guy was so upset about the lost ducklings, that I created a happy ending on this page.
Guy has two ducks that he uses as an alarm clock.
Yellow Duck Race Picture
Perhaps as a child you dropped sticks into a river? In those idyllic childhood days it always seemed we had a friend who also dropped their stick and thus we had stick races. Later fathers and especially uncles, took over the game and instead of sticks they introduced posh ducks. Most likely this desire for bigger and better ducks was fuelled by competition between brothers who had now grown up and used their children to continue their rivalry.
An incredible 250,000 plastic ducks took to the water in 'The Great British Duck Race' 2008. The event was held on the river Thames at Molesey Lock, near Hampton Court Palace, (London). The stretch of river was cunningly selected so that it took about 2½ hours to drift down the one-kilometre course. Unfortunately, the 2010 race has been postponed.
As usual, each duck was sponsored for a charity, and the winning owner received £10,000. The prize fund generously stretched to include the next 29 ducks to finish. It costs £2 to adopt a duck, and the event could raise as much as £200,000 for charity. As far and Will and Guy know, 'The Great British Duck Race', is the largest charity duck race in the world. However, we have not had reports from all the 18 other countries who hold similar sponsored duck races.
We have to say that a plastic duck race is a fun way to involve a community in fund raising. Meanwhile, enjoy the rest of our funny duck pictures.
Urban Myth - A 'Ringer' Plastic Duck
It was reported from an unsubstantiated source that the plastic race in a certain big city in America had to be abandoned when someone tried to substitute a 'ringer', a plastic duck with a tiny outboard motor.
While a miniature motor in a duck is far-fetched idea, we once heard of a plastic duck filled with baking powder and a tiny hole at the rear. The idea was that the baking powder would react with the water to produce carbon dioxide, which would propel the 'ringer' faster than the rest.
The problem was that when filled with backing powder, the duck was much lower in the water the rest and soon drew attention. The other problem was that there was no way of controlling the direction the duck was propelled - unless you installed a radio controlled rudder!
'Richard's Racers' at the Agricultural Fair and Expo in Abbotsford, BC, Canada
More Duckling Pictures
Black Ducklings Win
Now we know what happened to the other yellow ducklings. They lost in the game of 'Chicken'!
Word has it, say Will and Guy that ducks were responsible for the discovery of the Americas.
Apparently on October 8th, 1492, crewmen aboard one of Columbus's ships, the Pinta, observed ducks flying south-west and altered course to investigate.
On October 12th, they sighted land in the Bahamas.
I have seen ducks follow farmers Wellington boots, but I have never before seen a picture of duckling following a dog. I cannot help thinking that this picture would be a good sign for a pub called the Dog and Duck.
Just in case you think it's the man the ducklings are following. Wrong - it's dog that the ducklings have imprinted on, see our dog and cute ducks picture below.
Little Chicks Need a Holiday Too! [Kindly Sent by Junie]
Now the children in this area are on holiday for a few weeks from school, there are 3 little chicks who need to be taken care of by someone, who is coming later on to pick them up from here. My husband, who is the school caretaker, brought them home in a plastic box.
They are not very old.
There is a light bulb to keep them warm.
They look at me.
They listen to me typing.
I don't know how intelligent they are, cos all they do is either walk about pecking at the wood shavings or looking up at me....
They probably know I'm typing jokes. Cos that's what I'm doing.
But they probably realise - its just cheep humour!
Will and Guy cannot decide what's happening with this picture of ducklings with a cat / kitten. Have the duck's imprinted on the cat / kitten? Or is the cat about to pounce?
A duck, named Bengbeng, [apparently translates as 'Silly'] has become a celebrity for its singing, dancing and counting abilities according to the Dahe Daily.
Its owner, Du Xinai of Xingxiang city, China, takes the duck with him when he goes to the local agricultural market to buy vegetables each day.
This funny duck can be seen wearing a small red scarf and a pair of tiny shoes. (See duck picture to the right.) 'If you ask him to sing, he quacks rhythmically while shaking his head and body. He quite enjoys it. If you put up one finger, he quacks once, then twice with two fingers, and so on.'
Du says Bengbeng is also a good citizen, and always waits for the traffic lights. Bengbeng has become quite a star. Everywhere he goes, people welcome him like a super star.'
Actually this is a courgette which was grown on an allotment in Halstead, Essex, England, by Patricia Bragg. But this hilarious courgette really does look like a picture of a duck. Rather than using it in making the lasagne she had planned, Patricia is hoping to auction it.
Only in America - Duck Gets 'Order of Protection'
A pet duck named Circles, who was shot and wounded with a pellet gun, has received an order of protection. New York introduced the protection law to deal with domestic violence. This was the first time that an animal has benefited from such an order.
What happened was that the duck Circles was in its owner's backyard when a neighbour shot it through the neck. The duck was successfully treated by a vet. Meanwhile, the neighbour was charged with animal cruelty, and at the arraignment and Circles got an order of protection.
Duck Myths Busted
A duck's quack doesn't echo, is an enduring urban myth. However, this myth was busted by the University of Salford, Manchester, England. When you think about it, how hard is it to put a duck in a sound studio and turn on the recorder. Result - the duck's quack echoes.
'Donald Duck was banned in Finland - for wearing no pants'. This shows the power of hype, and the way in which mundane facts are exaggerated, take out of context, and distorted. What happened back in 1977 was that Youth Board in Helsinki decided not to subscribe to the Donald Duck comic. As on off-the-cuff remark one of the committee members commented that Donald Duck did not wear pants. The rest as they say is history - or in this case internet mythology.
Eighteen Madagascan pochards - the world's most endangered duck - have hatched in a captive breeding centre. This brings the world population of the ducks to just 60.
Scientists are studying the remaining wild population closely, in order to understand the reasons behind the species' decline and to determine the right conditions for releasing birds back into their natural habitat.
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