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    I go to school at Virginia Tech
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    Which has a lovely campus, and my fav part is the duck pond
    There is a pond with ducks, go figure!
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    I really enjoying going there just to sit and enjoy the sunshine
    And people watch. Always people watch.
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    So I was out there with some friends one afternoon and we were feeding the sucks
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    There is a mama duck with a whole bunch of ducklings following her. SO CUTE
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    We watched the for awhile, noticed that one duckling was not keeping up so well and Mama was snapping at him when he was slow
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    All but one of my friends leave, just me and Rachael remained there
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    Mama Duck and ducklings get closer to shore. We notice that the one that was struggling has plastic netting around him
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    Rachael and I truly to lure them in with food...only worked half way. Then we ran out.
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    Rachael goes back to her dorm to get more and ducks go into deeper water.
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    Hanging out waiting for ducks and/or Rachael
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    Mama Duck isolates the tangled ducking and herds him into shallower water by me
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    She starts picking him up but the plastic netting and flinging him around
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    Is she trying to save him?? Kill him??
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    She throws him close to me
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    I'm close enough so that I can reach into the water and pick him up
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    I'm surprised by how lightweight he is!
    So tiny and precious!
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    He's kind of squirmy, but not too hard to hold on to
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    Thankfully, I was prepared and had a pocketknife in my pocket
    Seriously though, those things are so handy
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    Trying to open the scissor part while holding the duckling with angry Mama Duck
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    Mama Duck begins hissing at me
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    Naturally, I start aggressively hissing right back
    I guess I was thinking about the strategy where you cry at a toddler who won't stop crying and they stop? Hats my best guess...
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    All the while, I'm cutting the plastic loops that Duckling is caught in
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    Duckling is freed!!!
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    She seems startled.
    So am I. So is everyone else seeing this episode. Sorry families and children.
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    And he hops and swims right over to his brothers and sisters. Like nothing ever happened
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