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Friday, November 20, 2009



This story has no cryptozoological relevance whatsoever, (unless you feel like pretending that these are pink-headed ducks or something), but is included purely because my darling stepdaughter Olivia sent it to us because it is almost unbearably cute.


Retrieverman said...

These look like some sort of domestic duck or domestic duck/wild mallard crosses. Most of the "wild" mallards where I live have been polluted with domestic duck hybridization.

It says that a farmer found them. Was it a duck farmer?

Domestic animals occasionally don't breed when they should. In fact, wild animals that have a definite breeding season sometimes don't breed when they are supposed to. It is one way of ensuring that even these seasonal animals have some variation in case environmental conditions change and allows these species to evolve a new breeding season.

C-E C said...

The duck story is cryptozoological if you think about it. Cryptids can be out of place animals and that sink is not the natural habitat of those ducks....


shiva said...

Definitely a "manky mallard" brood (see http://10000birds.com/manky-mallards-domestic-feral-or-just-plain-odd-mallards.htm ) - 3 of them look like they will grow up to be (approximately) wild-type Mallards in colouring, while the rest will be white or cream-coloured (leucistic). The other main colour phase that they come in (here in the UK, anyway) is the "bibbed" type, which as ducklings are dark brown with just a pale yellow breast patch, and as adults the breast patch is white while the males have the "standard" Mallard green head and are otherwise dark brown, while the females are universally black or dark brown apart from the white patch.

I have a lot of photos of various "manky mallards" in this gallery: http://gallery.atpic.com/27048

G L Wilson said...

Wasn't the point of this story that the ducks were born a season or two early? Which makes it an unusual occurence, although hardly cryptozoological.

I'm sure I have it already on the News Blog.