Tuesday, September 7, 2021

The Swearing Musk Duck

Yes, you heard me right. Just like parrots and myna birds, the Musk Duck can also mimic human sounds. The reasoning is fascinating, but the short answer is Musk Ducks have few ducklings, so they bond very tightly to their mother. But, if a human raises a Musk Duck it can learn to repeat sounds. In this case, "You Bloody Fool".

Now I will say I listened to the recording and thought it was hopeful thinking, until about 1/2 through and then it was most certainly cursing in British English. link

Other images of Musk Ducks (which I have to say is an unfortunate name):




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