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Published on Dec 26, 2009
This video was taken with a digital camera around August 18, 2009. These ducks and ducklings live in a sewer and the 70% of the ducklings don't make it to the fledging stage. These orphans from 3 different clutches were borned between late June and first week of July. River otters had killed their moms when the ducklings were 2 to 4 weeks old.
The seven (of twelve) orphan ducklings - about 6 weeks old -- waiting for me to give them Mazuri duck food with key vitamins and minerals. Around 14 seconds into the video my favorite duckling stands in the water to get my attention s/he does this often. People don't understand how fast ducklings grow -- almost doubling their weight each week for 8 weeks. These ducklings have to eat to develop their feathers and their wings.
Lastly, these are wild ducks so please don't feed bread or other human food which can harm or kill these ducklings / ducks.