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Thread: Feel- Good Story

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    Super Member butterflywing's Avatar
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    Duck Story from San Antonio , Texas

    Something really cute happened in downtown San Antonio this week. Michael R. is an accounting clerk at Frost Bank and works there in a second story office.. Several weeks ago, he watched a mother duck choose the concrete awning outside his window as the unlikely place to build a nest above the sidewalk. The mallard laid ten eggs in a nest in the corner of the planter that is perched over 10 feet in the air. She dutifully kept the eggs warm for weeks, and Monday afternoon all of her ten ducklings hatched.

    Michael worried all night how the momma duck was going to get those babies safely off their perch in a busy, downtown, urban environment to take to water, which typically happens in the first 48 hours of a duck hatching. Tuesday morning, Michael watched the mother duck encourage her babies to the edge of the perch with the intent to show them how to jump off. Office work came to a standstill as everyone gathered to watch.

    The mother flew down below and started quacking to her babies above. In disbelief Michael watched as the first fuzzy newborn trustingly toddled to the edge and astonishingly leapt into thin air, crashing onto the cement below. Michael couldn't stand to watch this risky effort nine more times! He dashed out of his office and ran down the stairs to the sidewalk where the first obedient duckling, near its mother, was resting in a stupor after the near-fatal fall. Michael stood out of sight under the awning-planter, ready to help.

    As the second one took the plunge, Michael jumped forward and caught it with his bare hands before it hit the concrete. Safe and sound, he set it down it by its momma and the other stunned sibling, still recovering from that painful leap. (The momma must have sensed that Michael was trying to help her babies.)

    One by one the babies continued to jump. Each time Michael hid under the awning just to reach out in the nick of time as the duckling made its free fall. At the scene the busy downtown sidewalk traffic came to a standstill. Time after time, Michael was able to catch the remaining eight and set them by their approving mother.

    At this point Michael realized the duck family had only made part of its dangerous journey. They had two full blocks to walk across traffic, crosswalks, curbs and past pedestrians to get to the closest open water, the San Antonio River , site of the famed "River Walk." The onlooking office secretaries and several San Antonio police officers joined in. An empty copy-paper box was brought to collect the babies. They carefully corralled them, with the mother's approval, and loaded them in the container. Michael held the box low enough for the mom to see her brood. He then slowly navigated through the downtown streets toward the San Antonio River . The mother waddled behind and kept her babies in sight, all the way.

    As they reached the river, the mother took over and passed him, jumping in the river and quacking loudly. At the water's edge, Michael tipped the box and helped shepherd the babies toward the water and to the waiting mother after their adventurous ride.

    All ten darling ducklings safely made it into the water and paddled up snugly to momma. Michael said the mom swam in circles, looking back toward the beaming bank bookkeeper, and proudly quacking.

    At last, all present and accounted for: "We're all together again. We're here! We're here!"

    And here's a family portrait before they head outward to further adventures...

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    all together
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    head count
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    Super Member magpie's Avatar
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    Great story, thanks for sharing.

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    What a wonderful story with a happy ending!
    Thanks for posting it.

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    Senior Member GrannyW5's Avatar
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    Good to hear happy stories

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    That was definitely a feel-good story! Thank you for sharing!

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    Super Member Fiber Artist's Avatar
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    Senior Member Caroltee's Avatar
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    Somewhere "N" Time
    Made my day.. There are lots of good harted people in this world

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    Super Member Lisanne's Avatar
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    That was utterly precious!

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    Super Member Luv Quilts and Cats's Avatar
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    New Hampshire
    That is such a sweet story. THere are good people in the world!

    I lived in the first floor apartment of an apartment complex. My balcony was a slab of concrete with railings. Everytime it rained hard or for a long time, earthworms would come up on the slab to escape all the water. I knew when the sun came back out they would dry up. So one time, I gathered all the worms up and threw them back on the lawn so they could get underground again. What I didn't know, was that the ducks from our pond were also watching, and as soon as those worms hit the grass, all the ducks came over and ate them!!!!!! Here I thought I was doing something nice! I never did that again.

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    Super Member butterflywing's Avatar
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    you did something nice. instead of dying for nothing, they fed ducks.

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