Have You Seen This? Ducks slip-sliding on a frozen lake

Have You Seen This? Ducks slip-sliding on a frozen lake

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THE DUCK POND — Ducks usually fly south for the winter, and it’s probably to avoid issues like this one.

For some reason, this video evokes the feeling of watching a bowling video with the fantastic crash of a strike at the end.

I can’t help but convince myself that Mother Nature has a sense of humor, and it peaks at forcing normally-graceful fowl to become bumbling bowling pins whenever a lake freezes over. Also, why do they still flock around the lake, if not by pure habit?

I also feel strangely sympathetic for this bird, because this is practically footage of me trying to insert myself unceremoniously into a conversation. Swooping in with too much energy, disrupting whatever the group was doing, and being met with an uncomfortable awkwardness. Look at these ducks! They pull away from the one in the center like they’re on Mean Girls! Ouch.

I might be projecting my social anxieties onto my feathered friends, but if that center duck needs a shoulder to cry on, I just want her to know that I’m here.

Next time, I hope she can tell her companions to, well ... duck.

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Katie Workman is a former KSL.com and KSL-TV reporter who works as a politics contributor. She has degrees from Cambridge and the University of Utah, and she's passionate about sharing stories about elections, the environment and southern Utah.


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