Woman Records A Kind Duck Returning A Boy His Lost Slipper, And The Video Goes Viral

Myla Aguila was taking a walk near her home, minding her own business, when she noticed something that made her stop. A boy’s slipper had fallen down a hill, and a duck was trying its best to bring it back to him. Luckily, Myla had her phone with her and captured the entire experience.

Looking at the video, it seems that the boy probably could’ve gotten his slipper himself. However, the duck was determined to finish the good deed, so the child amused it.

But it wasn’t as easy as it sounds. Even though the hill was quite small, it still posed one hell of a challenge for the duck’s tiny feet. Nevertheless, it persisted.

Throughout the whole video, it seemed that the duck perfectly knew what it was doing. And it could be so. Researchers have determined that even young ducklings have the ability for thoughts that are often associated only with primates and other highly intelligent animals. For example, ducks even outperform supposedly “smarter” animal species in certain aspects of abstract reasoning.

Kind Duck Returns A Boy's Lost Slipper In A Viral Video

Kind Duck Returns A Boy's Lost Slipper In A Viral Video

Kind Duck Returns A Boy's Lost Slipper In A Viral Video

Kind Duck Returns A Boy's Lost Slipper In A Viral Video

Kind Duck Returns A Boy's Lost Slipper In A Viral Video

Kind Duck Returns A Boy's Lost Slipper In A Viral Video

Kind Duck Returns A Boy's Lost Slipper In A Viral Video

Kind Duck Returns A Boy's Lost Slipper In A Viral Video

Kind Duck Returns A Boy's Lost Slipper In A Viral VideoKind Duck Returns A Boy's Lost Slipper In A Viral Video

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Duck is the common name for numerous species in the waterfowl family Anatidae which also includes swans and geese. Ducks are divided among several subfamilies in the family Anatidae; they do not represent a monophyletic group (the group of all descendants of a single common ancestral species) but a form taxon, since swans and geese are not considered ducks. Ducks are mostly aquatic birds, mostly smaller than the swans and geese, and may be found in both fresh water and sea water.

Ducks are sometimes confused with several types of unrelated water birds with similar forms, such as loons or divers, grebes, gallinules and coots.

Ducks eat a variety of food sources such as grasses, aquatic plants, fish, insects, small amphibians, worms, and small molluscs.

Dabbling ducks feed on the surface of water or on land, or as deep as they can reach by up-ending without completely submerging. Along the edge of the beak, there is a comb-like structure called a pecten. This strains the water squirting from the side of the beak and traps any food. The pecten is also used to preen feathers and to hold slippery food items.

Diving ducks and sea ducks forage deep underwater. To be able to submerge more easily, the diving ducks are heavier than dabbling ducks, and therefore have more difficulty taking off to fly.

A few specialized species such as the mergansers are adapted to catch and swallow large fish.

The others have the characteristic wide flat beak adapted to dredging-type jobs such as pulling up waterweed, pulling worms and small molluscs out of mud, searching for insect larvae, and bulk jobs such as dredging out, holding, turning head first, and swallowing a squirming frog. To avoid injury when digging into sediment it has no cere, but the nostrils come out through hard horn.

Female mallard ducks make the classic "quack" sound while males make a similar but raspier sound that is sometimes written as "breeeeze", but, despite widespread misconceptions, most species of duck do not "quack". In general, ducks make a wide range of calls, ranging from whistles, cooing, yodels and grunts. For example, the scaup – which are diving ducks – make a noise like "scaup" (hence their name). Calls may be loud displaying calls or quieter contact calls.

A common urban legend claims that duck quacks do not echo; however, this has been proven to be false. This myth was first debunked by the Acoustics Research Centre at the University of Salford in 2003 as part of the British Association's Festival of Science. It was also debunked in one of the earlier episodes of the popular Discovery Channel television show MythBusters.

Worldwide, ducks have many predators. Ducklings are particularly vulnerable, since their inability to fly makes them easy prey not only for predatory birds but also for large fish like pike, crocodilians, predatory testudines such as the Alligator snapping turtle, and other aquatic hunters, including fish-eating birds such as herons. Ducks' nests are raided by land-based predators, and brooding females may be caught unaware on the nest by mammals, such as foxes, or large birds, such as hawks or owls.

Adult ducks are fast fliers, but may be caught on the water by large aquatic predators including big fish such as the North American muskie and the European pike. In flight, ducks are safe from all but a few predators such as humans and the peregrine falcon, which regularly uses its speed and strength to catch ducks.