How do you feel about snow? It’s hard to argue with the fact that those delicate little flakes look perfectly picturesque dancing through the air.
But once they actually hit the ground, opinions vary. Some people love to gaze at freshly-fallen snow as it frosts nearby trees and blankets the landscape.
Others tend to resent snow for its frequent refusal to stop. They dislike its relentless tendency to paralyze traffic flow and confound bundled-up pedestrians.
Of course, we humans might be just a tad bit jaded. Sometimes it’s fun to imagine how members of the animal kingdom feel about walking in a winter wonderland.
Take ducks, for instance. Do they love romping in that fluffy white stuff as much as the average dog?
A recent video from Jukin Media seems to offer some insights. And let’s just say the reception on display is less than enthusiastic.
It’s actually one of those visuals that would be fairly fun to caption. The simple scene opens on a rustic-looking barn structure.
Snow covers the ground and continues to fall steadily. Sure enough, a dog stands nearby, quietly savoring the chilly stillness.
Of course, the dog is technically chest-deep in an avalanche of wintry white. Then, all at once, a flock of ducks waddles into view.
The ducks quack constantly as they eagerly crowd through a nearby doorway. Clearly, they seem drawn by those magical-looking snowflakes.
Moving in a tightly-grouped paddling, those intrepid fowls proceed to venture forth. They step right out into the icy white expanse, ambling confidently past the chicken wire.
And then, they seem to decide … no. Just, no.
Mere seconds into their stroll, those ducks make a unanimous about-face. Still quacking away, the whole group beats a hysterically hasty retreat right back into the barn.
The dog still stands in the same exact spot, mystified. Maybe he’s doing some seasonal meditating, or perhaps his paws are just too numb to move.
Mental Floss explains that a duck’s webbed feet are devoid of nerves and blood vessels. That means they technically can’t feel the cold — but they can certainly feel all that snowy, heavy dampness closing in.
So maybe, in some ways, ducks are a lot like many of us. They enjoy looking at the snow from a distance, but they’re not huge fans of an extended interaction.
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