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Something's different

Something's different

Huey and Louie enter their pen for the first time with the new pond installed. They're a little skeptical.


Freaking out

Freaking out

They will not go near their new pond!


No way!

No way!

Dewey and Louie won't even look at the new pond (they have their backs turned to it) and Huey is all scrunched up and squawking.


Venturing closer

Venturing closer

Louie and Dewey decide to check it out.


Closer yet

Closer yet

Louie and Dewey are getting brave.


Consultation

Consultation

Huey joins them for a consultation.


What do you think, Huey?

What do you think, Huey?

Huey needs some convincing.


What's going on?

What's going on?

Their attention is diverted.


Is it safe?

Is it safe?

They all take a peek.


A closer look

A closer look

Huey stretches for a closer look.


Huey speaks her mind

Huey speaks her mind

I don't know what she was thinking, but this is one of the funniest pictures I've ever seen!


Quack!

Quack!

Huey continues to talk up a storm while Louie checks out the nesting area.


Not worth it

Not worth it

Huey decides the new pond isn't worth the effort and she starts to lead the others away.


Huey takes a second look

Huey takes a second look

Huey leans in for another look.


Another consultation

Another consultation

Ducks make decisions by consensus sometimes.


S T R E T C H

S T R E T C H

Huey stretches closer....


And closer....

And closer....

Huey's the bravest of the bunch and often the leader of the pack.


Huey takes a sip

Huey takes a sip

Huey decide to test the waters by taking a quick drink. Note the ripples in the pond where she poked her beak in.


Hmm...

Hmm...

They don't know quite what to think about this yet.


Nope

Nope

Huey decides it's not worth the effort.


You looking at me?

You looking at me?

They realize they're being watched.


Quack!

Quack!

Louie chastises me.


"Don't do it!"

"Don't do it!"

Huey tells the others the water's not safe. :)


"Are you still there?"

"Are you still there?"

I get the distinct impression that my presence isn't wanted.


You're STILL THERE?"

You're STILL THERE?"

This one totally cracks me up!


"I'm outta here!"

"I'm outta here!"

Huey retreats to her nest, even though it's nearly evening and she always lays her egg first thing in the morning.


Here she comes again!

Here she comes again!

Huey's out of the nest, wondering what to do next.


Dewey

Dewey

Dewey, still freaked out by the whole event, hops on top of the nesting areas.


Incentive

Incentive

In the meantime, Todd has gone inside to get some incentive for them in the way of tomatoes. Here he's letting them see the tomato pieces in his hand.


Sticking in a toe

Sticking in a toe

Todd threw the tomato pieces into the water...just enough of a lure to get Huey in.


Everybody out!

Everybody out!

The rest followed Huey's lead, but just as quickly jumped right out again. Guess that new water is a little scary!


Hey!

Hey!

There's still tomatoes floating in there!


Tempting...

Tempting...

...but is it worth the risk? The tomatoes are calling their names.


Shall we?

Shall we?

Looking intently to decide if it's worth it.


Well?

Well?

Huey's thinking about it!


Beak first

Beak first

Huey's going for it!


Everybody in!

Everybody in!

Everybody in the pool!


Louie's turn

Louie's turn

Our big studly drake is the last one in. As usual, Huey was the ringleader.


Where are those tomatoes?

Where are those tomatoes?

All it takes is the right incentive.


Diving

Diving

...for tomatoes!


Huey goes head first

Huey goes head first

Is this an Olympic sport? Give the girl a 10!


Louie

Louie

Louie dives for tomatoes. (such a cute tush!)


Munch

Munch

Dewey (at the back) has an extra big piece of tomato.


More diving

More diving

Not to be out-done by the girls, Louie's in search of more tomatoes.


Louie

Louie

He takes his diving very seriously. It's pretty funny when they topple over the opposite way!


Calm is restored

Calm is restored

Tomatoes gone, diving over, time to nibble on some grass and float awhile. After all that drama, they finally decided the new pond was worthwhile.