Ducklings in a sink

In response to Trump’s new immigration plan, whose details I don’t know except that even Republicans don’t like it, I give you four parts of “Ducklings in a Sink”, courtesy of reader Amy. DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!

Part 1 doesn’t have sound, but the other parts do. For some reason I find these videos very soothing.

Look at those stubby little wings!




  1. Barry Lyons
    Posted May 16, 2019 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    Love how they need a little push to get out. I can see why: It’s difficult to get a purchase on the slippery stainless steel.

    Yes, soothing. I find many animal videos soothing, especially those where nothing is happening (like seeing a majestic lion just taking in the breeze).

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted May 16, 2019 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    The ducks are far more successful than his attempted immigration plan. In fact, the ducks could have presented a better one. This one is dead before it got out of his mouth. Understand this was another of his sonny in law’s ideas.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted May 16, 2019 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

      The video is an allegory of white privilege and immigration.

      The light-coloured (white) ducks are in the privileged location (the sink) and the dark (brown) duck can’t get in.

      Any woke person would see that instantly.

      ( 😎 )

      • Heather Hastie
        Posted May 16, 2019 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

        Dammit! I saw that, and I don’t want to be Woke! I’ll stick with traditional liberal thank you very much! 😛

  3. rickflick
    Posted May 16, 2019 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    The diving instinct is quite strong. You can see they are practicing for when a red-tailed hawk zooms in.
    I watched a mallard mom with 3 babies the other day. The babies stayed on the far side from me, and very tight against the hen. I almost didn’t know they were there. I wonder what happened to the rest of the clutch?

  4. Ken Kukec
    Posted May 16, 2019 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    In response to Trump’s new immigration plan, whose details I don’t know …

    From what I’ve heard, it would require that new immigrants pass a civics test.

    Reminds me what the kosher butcher said to the woman who came in his shop and asked if the chicken was fresh, as she picked one up, pulled its legs apart, stuck her nose in its body cavity, and took a big whiff:

    “Lady, could you pass that test?”

    Well, Donald, couldja?

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted May 16, 2019 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

      As I started reading your comment, my immediate thought was that I bet Trump couldn’t pass a civics test. Or one on the constitution, or get a security clearance. Oh, and if there were a “stable genius” test, he’d fail that one too.

      In fact, he’d even struggle to pass a test on basic societal norms given his mocking of disabled people, the way he treats women, and his constant statements of false equivalence e.g. “…very fine people on both sides.”

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      • rickflick
        Posted May 16, 2019 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

        My God Heather! What do you expect from a president? 😉

  5. Joe Dickinson
    Posted May 16, 2019 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    Just a note: mallards don’t “dive” in the sense of penetrating the water with the entire body. Yes, they jump in the water when threatened but stay on the surface. To feed, they “dabble”, heads down but butt in the air.

  6. Posted May 16, 2019 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    There are parts 5 and 6 on YouTube though it is pretty much more of the same.

  7. Posted May 16, 2019 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    Why the warning “do not try this at home!” If I had indoor ducklings, I’d be doing that, too. What am I missing?

  8. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted May 16, 2019 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    If the owner put another half-inch of water in the sink, the quacklets wouldn’t need to be helped out.


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