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(6abc.com)   Student's science experiment is imprinting herself as duck's mother. Little quacker now wears a diaper and follows her to class. Your dog wants foie gras   (abclocal.go.com) divider line 75
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2006-05-30 02:46:48 PM
the thing about imprinting is that the duck doesn't think that it is human, i just thinks that humans are ducks...
 
2006-05-30 02:46:59 PM
kokomo61: I hope she's thought about how long ducks live - These things live longer than cats. In a protected setting, ducks can live 25 years or more

Lots of us have pets that will live a long time. I think it's better to have a long lived pet than something that will die quickly.

Of course, you shouldn't be getting a pet that will probably outlive you unless you're willing to make arangements after ts death.
 
2006-05-30 02:52:10 PM
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"Why a duck? Why-a-no-chicken?"
 
2006-05-30 02:53:54 PM
This isn't a science experiment, it's just a pet project.

Seriously though, she's not proving jack squat with this. I guess she'll probably get a decent grade because she's at least trying, but everyone already knows that imprinting happens. This is basically just an excuse to have a cute duck hang out with her for a few months.
 
2006-05-30 02:55:24 PM
GoldenAppleCorp
Well, buzz, the article says she's keeping it, so, uh, no, not really mean.
Most pets seem to think of their owners as parents.


I don't think that's really true. Cats think of their owners as mobile feeding devices and dogs think of their owners as pack leaders.

Honestly it does seem a little cruel to me but meh, it's just a duck.
 
2006-05-30 02:56:53 PM
ElWampa

The aunt couldn't keep it - she was going into an assisted living place herself. (and they don't take ducks, unfortunately). She didn't have a choice in taking the duck in, either - my uncle just did it.

adenosine
Lots of us have pets that will live a long time.
True - but people can change quite a bit from 18-22 while in college....and the idea of a duck as a 'pet' may be cool at age 17, but as job, family and career choices start putting pressure on you, the idea of a wild animal as a pet gets to be a lot less attractive when you have to keep making accomodations for (what can be) a pretty cranky pet.
 
2006-05-30 03:01:45 PM
Get down from that duck!

You can't get down from a duck, you get down from a goose.
 
2006-05-30 03:02:03 PM
Foie gras is pretty much the same as chopped liver from any NYC deli.

Someone brought me back some from France.
Obviously it was canned, but I like chopped liver, and don't require everything I eat, to be covered in chocolate syrup, or salt.

The headline is true, my dog LOVED it.
 
2006-05-30 03:02:10 PM
GoldenAppleCorp: Most pets seem to think of their owners as parents.

I'm pretty sure my python thinks of me as 'that huge creature that picks me up and moves me sometimes'.

You don't have to have the pet think of you in any way to have it be a good pet.
 
2006-05-30 03:04:02 PM
someday she will marry it, and their children will look like this

www.badmovies.org
 
2006-05-30 03:06:15 PM
<I>I don't think that's really true. Cats think of their owners as mobile feeding devices and dogs think of their owners as pack leaders.

Honestly it does seem a little cruel to me but meh, it's just a duck.</I>

I agree. It seems a bit cruel to me as well.

However, I don't believe cats think of their owners as merely mobile feeding stations. If you've ever owned a cat, you'd know they imprint. Don't even need to be there from their birth for it to happen. Nothing proves it quite so much as when a cat climbs onto your torso to take a nap.

If it was merely a matter of food, this wouldn't happen, since the food dish is always full.

Dogs may think of you as pack leaders, and there's a certain amount of domination involved, but that's not all there is to it. We humans have packs and pack leaders too, yet we're not limited in our emotions to simply following the pack leader.
 
2006-05-30 03:10:15 PM
CreepyNeighborGuy

You're right. Not only do our cats think of us as feeding devices they also think of us as heat sources.

/has three cats
//only half-serious
 
2006-05-30 03:20:33 PM
Jument: CreepyNeighborGuy

You're right. Not only do our cats think of us as feeding devices they also think of us as heat sources.



My monitor occupies the "heat source" position.
 
2006-05-30 03:28:30 PM
And pooper-scoopers.

(Unless you're a crazy cat lady and let them take care of business anywhere they like. Or have outside cats. Did I mention they're also extremely expensive to fix when broken? We're both everything and nothing to domesticated cats.)
 
2006-05-30 03:37:22 PM
Good to see students so dedicated to pushing the boundaries of science aren't afraid to put up semi-clothed vomit-inducing photos of themselves on t'internet.
 
2006-05-30 03:43:56 PM
Laugh now but just wait 'till it builds it's own mech.
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/not mine
//imageshack is my friend
 
2006-05-30 03:57:58 PM
Why can't she just eventually put it in a petting zoo or a park pond or something....?

Ducks don't follow their mothers around forever, why would it follow her around forever...?

I know, there's the whole 'surviving in the wild' instinct that it's not getting with her....

I figure if she just takes it to a couple of keg parties in college, & lets it watch her bang a couple of guys, not necessarily at the same time but whatever, it's her life, I'm not judging.... then El Ducko will be cool as a cucumber.
 
2006-05-30 04:10:07 PM
blah blah Nothing without pictures blah blah
 
2006-05-30 04:23:05 PM
I think this girl's myspace page deserves to be spammed by farkers claming to be from PETA
 
2006-05-30 04:27:18 PM
I cooked a duck breast for Heather Locklear on her birthday about 7 years ago at the restaurant I used to work at.

/I put a cherry-beer sauce on it
//and served it on wild rice pilaf
///makeup and lighting does A LOT for these model/actress types
 
2006-05-30 04:33:51 PM
Heh heh heh. She lives in the town where I went to high school. Probably the same high school for that matter. They were always making us pick stupid projects for our senior years. But mine wasn't as stupid as diapering a duck.
 
2006-05-30 04:40:26 PM
The green on that myspace page give me a headache. And it doesn't even flash.
 
2006-05-30 04:42:58 PM
Get the poor duck a pool. They need plenty of pure wate to live in and play with.
 
2006-05-30 05:12:10 PM
Thanks Abarine,

I've never won a thread before!

/humbled
//hungry for Sunchips and those awesome macademia nut cookies
 
2006-05-30 10:29:53 PM
Anyone else notice how many times the writer used "Megan"? It distracted me from the duck quite frankly.
 
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