Noticing An Agitated Duck
--by Elizabeth, posted Jul 10, 2008
Kim Tucker was heading home to West Sacramento last week and saw a sight that can't rightly be ignored.
There, by the side of the road, was a remarkably agitated duck, pacing the pavement and flapping in fear.
Her ducklings, Tucker learned on subsequent inspection, had fallen through a drainage grate and were desperately treading water in the filthy bog below.
She looked for help, eventually enlisting a burly construction worker (to pry off the grate), a slew of onlookers and, she was surprised to note, a teenage boy, who whipped off his shoes and, without hesitation, slipped into the drain and started retrieving the ducklings in distress, one by one.
"He was right on it," an impressed Tucker said. "It was (a very) human moment."
But not all 13-year-olds are so human, judging by the number of like-aged boys who passed by the scene with little more than a glance.
What made this particular kid stop and help? Tucker inquired.
"I go to school in Davis," he reported. "They teach us that kind of stuff."
[Originally reported in Sacramento Bee]
notices that her chick has frozen dead.
When will we became ready to write an Animal Rights chart?