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One of our local parks has a pair of mallards that has decided that the kiddie pool is a great place to hang out. They wait outside the fence until the lifeguard blows her whistle to get the kids to get out and take a break. Then they fly over the fence and swim around until the kids are allowed back in the pool, and then they go back outside the fence and settle in to wait for the next break. After the pool closes up at night, they go back over the fence and take over the pool. They don't, however, venture into the larger adjoining pool. They'll also swim along with the kids if there are only a couple of them in the water. Last night, they were in there with two little boys, and when the boys started splashing at the ducks, their mother told them to leave the poor ducks alone. Apparently, the general opinion is that if the ducks aren't bothering the kids then the kids shouldn't bother the ducks. In fact, they're not even a novelty anymore. When they take over the pool during breaks, no one much bothers to pay any attention to them at all. For their part, when the ducks are waiting for the next break, they don't care if people walk right past them, though they will move away a bit if someone walks by with his/her dog.
 
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