Several domestic ducks took up residence at the pond a few years ago.
We often join the people who take bags of crumbs and crackers to feed the birds. It makes us feel all benevolent and compassionate and the ducks get fat and have more babies. Over time the population living off handouts at the pond has increased dramatically. In addition more farm bird immigrants have arrived.
A few weeks ago we gave three of our grandkids bags of dry cereal and leftover chunks of bread and went to the park to feed the ducks. Big Mistake. Cold weather has cut back on the amount of visitors to the pond.
We were not prepared for a horde of starving ducks and geese.
It was a cross between a rock concert mosh pit and a scene from Hitchcock’s The Birds.
The fowls so overwhelmed the children...
that they screamed and ran for cover.
The trauma will probably give them nightmares for the rest of their lives.
I’m thinking some university students could make a study of the situation and write quite a thesis on the effects of well intentioned handouts and the resulting welfare state.