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Monday, June 11, 2012

Monday Memories-Just Ducky

Monday Memories-our little trip down memory lane.

Today stars are Luigi and Mojo.  Eleven years ago, we picked up our first two baby ducks at the local feed store when they were about 7 weeks old.  They were little pooping machines made of fluffy feathers and they grew like weeds.  You could literally see them change day by day.  One of these days I'll have my husband explain how he convinced me that we needed duckies in our entourage of pets. :)

Here is Luigi and Mojo two days after bringing them home.

We weren't around very much during this time period and they bonded tight with each other instead of us.

This is about 8 weeks old making a mess in the bathtub.

At about 9 weeks they hit that ugly duckling stage as there feathers started to come in.
You can see this especially on their tails.

Still best friends at almost 10 weeks.

Here they are just over a year old.  Luigi on the left, Mojo on the right.  It would be a year later that we found Mojo killed by a predator and Luigi walking in circles around her.  
If you have never seen ducks while they are courting, thank your lucky stars.  They are quite violent in their ritual, so much I felt like I was watching a domestic abuse case.
So while I was sad for Mojo's demise, there was a sense of relief as well.
Still it was difficult seeing one duck and Luigi seemed pretty lost for a while, but once he realized he was still king of the roost, he eventually came around.

Now he's the magistrate between the two packs of dogs and lives the life of King Duck.
Not bad for a little baby ducky.


Unknown said...

Not bad for a little baby ducky indeed! Have a Happy Monday!
Best wishes Molly

Keith Andrea said...

.,Happy Monday..
those baby little ducks looks pretty...lol

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The Daily Pip said...

We loved reading about Luigi and Mojo. Poor Mojo! Glad Luigi gets along with the dogs.

Your pal, Pip

Bassetmomma said...

What a great story. Poor Mojo but I'm glad that Luigi is King! :)

White Dog Blog said...

What a lovely memory! Saddened by Mojo's short life, but happy that Luigi adapted and has gone on to thrive.

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

Wow, I didn't know ducks lived that long ... when given the chance! Great the Luigi is still with you.

Peggy Frezon said...

I loved reading about your ducks, but sorry you lost one. When I was a kid I always thought it would be fun to have ducks in my little plastic kiddie pool.

Scrappy Angel said...

Cool! I want one or two of those! They look so cute. (oops, mom just said I would drive them crazy chasing them all day)

Your King Duck is a lucky Duck!

Sage said...

Neat! I bet Luigi is the king of the roost.

White Dog Blog said...

You just let us know when the time is right...no need to plan too far ahead...when the vibes are good, let us know and we will have that phone visit...offer still stands...and we are excited by the prospect!

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