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First off, TY [livejournal.com profile] zia_narratora for the delicious LJ hot dog! I really appreciated a snack cause...

oh my gosh, SUCH A BUSY WEEK.

3 exams and a paper due. But I worked mah badger butt off and got it ALL DONE. But now I'm like __0__ zzzzz.

Of course, my super busy week came with a buncha awesome [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol opportunities! I got to play in the sandbox some, but I wanted to play more! I really wanted to intersect but I just couldn't give it the time it deserved. And the woulda-been entry turned out way better than I could've done anyway!

So life is Mostly Good in Catland.



This morning when I was walking to class I saw a random duck head pop out of some shrubs. The shrubs are in a um...concrete flower bed thingie, so they're almost at eye level. I thought this was kinda weird, so I pulled on one of the shrubs to reveal a mama mallard, and she's got a couple ducklings! Little yellow and black hatchlings! Of course a concrete flower bed near a busy road isn't a very good place for a family of ducks, so I thought I should Do Something Helpful. So I called the my college's biology department and explained the situation and then *they* told me to call Grounds and Maintenance. So I did that and they agreed that a concrete flower bed near a busy road wasn't a very good place of ducks. They said they'd investigate and see what they could do. After class, just two hours later, I pass by the shrubs again to check on mama duck again. And they're gone already! Worse, mama duck left three eggs behind! I don't know if Grounds relocated the duck family but now those poor eggs don't stand a chance. I didn't even see the eggs before, but now the duck and her ducklings are gone and if they were moved because of me, I'd feel just awful. I kind of wanted to scoop the eggs up but that probably wouldn't have been a good idea either, but I couldn't stop thinking about it the rest of today.

I thought I was doing the right thing, but now I don't know.

Date: 2010-07-10 03:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] furzicle.livejournal.com
If you take eggs that have been carefully tended and put them under a lamp and turn them conscientiously a couple times a day, you will get hatched ducklings!

Oh well...

Date: 2010-07-10 04:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hug-machine.livejournal.com
I wish I could have, now. I should have looked it up before I went to my second class. -_-

Date: 2010-07-10 04:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] furzicle.livejournal.com
http://furzicle.livejournal.com/139637.html
read for a little peek into chick hatching.

Date: 2010-07-10 10:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] once-whimsical.livejournal.com
I wouldn't worry about it. :) You were doing the right thing, just the stupid grounds people didn't. Or, maybe the mother duck and her babies went out for a bit and left the eggs?

Date: 2010-07-10 12:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sra33.livejournal.com
Well, if you had an incubator, or the biology dept at school had one, then you could have relocated them there, but touching them would ensure the mama never came back.. and if she took her ducklings with her... she's never coming back anyway... so might as well pick them up and take them somewhere warm where they have a chance.

Date: 2010-07-10 11:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chocolatrouge.livejournal.com
Oh no! Poor duck eggs! We once had a raccoon making a racket in our attic, so we called animal control to get it out, but afterwards my dad went back to the attic...to discover five baby raccoons who were missing their mama! Luckily we managed to get them out as well. I don't know if animal control services handles unhatched eggs though?

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