Jan
07
2008

Like water on a (dead) duck’s back

Yep, he's pretty wet: But what could have done this to him?
Yep, he's pretty wet: But what could have done this to him?Courtesy ShazzMack
I can’t decide – are dead ducks funny?

I suppose not. But what if the duck died in a really funny way, like from falling in a volcano? Or what if it meant that human kind has finally beaten the expression, and gotten water to stay on a duck’s back?

Because that’s what has happened.

The water thing, not the volcano thing.

Dead ducks have been turning up at Colorado wastewater treatment plants. What’s remarkable about these dead ducks is that their feathers seem to have lost their waterproofing, something that probably lead to their deaths in the first place. You’d think that finally getting water to stay on ducks’ backs would be a cause for celebration, but, unfortunately, wildlife biologists still aren’t sure of exactly what caused the condition. There doesn’t appear to be anything in the water treatment plants themselves that would have taken off the waterproofing, and scientists have ruled out diseases like avian influenza and botulism as potential causes.

Division of Wildlife officials plan to begin an investigation into the Unsettling Case of the Soggy Ducks sometime this week

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Lets just do what is so easy these days and blame humans and the destruction of the habitat, and polution, lets have News scare us all with "You should have known this was going to happen when you threw your candy wraper on the ground in 3rd grade. Now ducks have water on their back. You dround the ducks and you distroyed the earth. We had nothing to do with it." And lets have it as one of the national presidental debats just in time for the '08 elections about how people sitting at home reading books killed these ducks by cutting down trees to read, forget the fact I am flying around the US in a jet plane, and the usual yada yada yada. Lets be different this time to make us feel bad about the environment how about the 80s are back.

It is sad this is happening but I feel like its just more fodder for save the earth, before you comment I'm all for it, but they need to get to the bottom of what is causeing it and not throw it in our face and point fingers telling us its our fault.

posted on Mon, 01/07/2008 - 11:18am
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Wow. Did you know one of these ducks?

I don't think you have to worry about pointing fingers and things being thrown in your face yet - the article never mentioned that humans were behind it. As you said, they need to get to the bottom of what is causing it, and that's why the division of wildlife is beginning an investigation.

Maybe the ducks just decided to take off their waterproofing. Like, uh, not wearing socks.

posted on Tue, 01/08/2008 - 10:22am

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