Frank on the job: two videos

My co-duck-sitter Anna Mueller, who was clearly a good choice to tend the mallards, made two 47-second videos of Frank at the pond:

Here’s the first, showing Frank eschewing peas at lunchtime. Anna’s caption:

If you bring peas he’ll kindly request you pick out the corn for him.

He’s quite finicky, as he used to eat peas! What’s next: the duck equivalent of Fancy Feast?

You also see that Frank prefers to eat out of one’s hand rather than off the ground.

And here’s “Frank takes a bath”. I’ve never seen him bathe himself this vigorously. Perhaps he’s ridding himself of dirt or parasites, or maybe he’s just having fun:


  1. Frank Bath
    Posted May 7, 2018 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    Crikey, that woke me up.

  2. John S
    Posted May 7, 2018 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    Frank is probably showing off his aquatic skills to the turtles, who don’t look too impressed.

    • Mark R.
      Posted May 7, 2018 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

      Heehee. I was surprised the turtles stayed that whole time. I have 3 turtles and only one will (sometimes) remain out of water when I approach. Maybe these turtles are used to all the hustle and bustle of a busy campus.

  3. busterggi
    Posted May 7, 2018 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    One duck is better than none.

  4. Posted May 7, 2018 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    I almost fell off the chair, when I had watched “Frank prefers corn”. YouTube recommended “Sinatra/Basie 1965” as a follow-up. Well, that’s the uncorniest stuff ever.

    No offence intended concerning the gastronomic preferences of Sir Francis Drake, mind you!

  5. Lars
    Posted May 7, 2018 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Where do the turtles in this pond spend the winter? Is it deep enough for them to hibernate at the bottom, or does the University make arrangements for them to spend their winters indoor?

    • Mark R.
      Posted May 7, 2018 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

      Some aquatic turtles (sliders and painted turtles for sure, which are the main species I’ve seen in botany pond) can live under a sheet of ice for the duration of Winter. Their metabolism slows to the point of near death and they hibernate underwater.

      • Doug
        Posted May 7, 2018 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

        I picture them migrating south. That would be impressive.

  6. Glenda Palmer
    Posted May 7, 2018 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    Just finished listening to the news. Sigh. Nice to retreat to something sweet like Frank being hand fed. Hope he spends the summer at pond, no matter where Honey is – and I’m still hoping for the best possible outcome there.

  7. Posted May 7, 2018 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    Super cute duck!

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