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Duck Goose: Beware of the Duck

Updated on July 3, 2012

Beware of the Duck

The Attack of the Ducks

We have mostly all seen the movie, The Birds. I remember watching it in horror as I child. After watching the movie I went to the mail box and was chased all the way home by a bird. I literally ran for my life and my cousin laughed so hard. I kept thinking he won't get me, just make it to the door! So needless to say I have always had a silent fear of birds. I had a recent encounter with two birds ( a double team effort) they were chasing my sister's cat Ginger. I tried to stop them, the more I would tell them to leave the cat alone, they would get worse and worse.

I will admit out of fear and the growing intensity of the attack of the cat. I threw a bottle of snuggle in their direction and ran in the laundry room and the door closed behind me. I will admit I was trapped in their for an hour (thanks to my Mr. Fix-It Uncle) and had to dial 911 on my dying cell phone. The officer came and said, "It's not locked! (adding to my embarrassment). He then said, "Oh, I see the problem, it is rigged up and the wood blocked the door from opening.

You might want to have that fixed." I smiled embarrassingly and thanked him running in the house. I said this little story to show my fear of birds is real. So back to the ducks. So I decided that the kids and my aunt needed some type of easy-going experience. I thought, taking them to feed the ducks would be an easy-going and fun experience, something to lighten up our dreary moods.

It never dawned on me the danger in feeding the ducks. So, we took our bread and began to feed. My daughter was a bit apprehensive about feeling, but I chalked it up to her always been cautious (much like my Mom). There was maybe forty ducks that gathered us. Maria screamed and immediately wanted to go back to the car. I told her to walk back with my aunt, but as I turned around my aunt had high-tailed it on the double back to the car. Wow, never saw her sprint before. So I walk back a screaming, shrieking four year old as the ducks follow us.

So, the only ones left feeding are my sister Jacey and I. I’m 5’5 and she is 5’9, about five minutes when the bread is running low we notice the ducks are becoming a bit vicious not only towards each other, but us. So my fourteen year old sister somehow sprints in between brawls, chews, and fear and makes it to the car. I’m alone with forty hungry duck-billed assassins.

I didn’t notice some were at the car trying to get through the window at the kids. (I did have the keys, what a dilemma.) I found myself reasoning with a duck when I had no bread. I said, “I don’t have any woo, ahh!” The most vicious was the one with the limp. I saw him limping with his brown colored webbed feet, I thought ok, that’s my advantage. Although, the other thirty-nine ducks were in mint condition. All I kept thinking was, they say don’t run from dogs that chase you, because they would pursue you.

Then, I noticed I had gotten too far from the car and my car was surrounded by ducks and I was on the wrong side, since I was the driver. I decided to just take off and I did with ducks surrounding my car and following me in hot pursuit. I jumped in the car and drove off. I think we were all traumatized, we all laughed really hard (only after we had left Duck’s Island). So I decided to never return until I had done research to ensure our safety.

I have concluded some conservationist think feeding the ducks interferes with their natural migration. So, it may be a good idea in that kids get to see duck in their element and interaction, but know that ducks are not held liable for any damages, because you are invading their space even if you have good intentions. Be careful! Be cautious! Always have an exit route, plan, plan, plan! If you as an adult are afraid of ducks, don’t try to be big, bold, and brave, because can immobilize you! Be your own judge, to feed or heed!

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    • brittvan22 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @ Avia, I can attest that they have become thugs with webbed feet and a waddle. I use to fed them as a kid all the time really didn't expect attack of the ducks.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      The moral of the story is not to feed them. In parks and places like this, too many people have fed them, so they become aggressive.

    • brittvan22 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @Julie the movie is traumatizing and will make you think twice about your neighborhood robin. The only ducks for me at this point are the rubber duckies that I put in my daughter's bath.

    • Julie DeNeen profile image

      Blurter of Indiscretions 

      6 years ago from Clinton CT

      Aww..I love ducks! Maybe just the Disney kind though. I never saw Birds so no childhood trauma here :)

    • brittvan22 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Lol, I'm not a bird person. For me, they can be a threat especially, when they had the incident where the swan attacked and drowned the guy, that was like a nightmare coming true. I hope they become for comfortable, next time we'll be armed with knowledge and helmets.

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      Kevin J Timothy 

      6 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

      Yea, they're really dangerous to a paint job. I like this hub but I'm not sure if it's okay to laugh since this does seem like a pretty genuine phobia. I'm least the content was great, though.

      I'm not too fond of this type of bird but I hope that you become more comfortable around them. :(


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