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  1. Good Job, Humanity: You Made Ducks Obese

    Unfortunately, the fattest animals are often the cutest animals.

    You know what ducks eat in nature? Not white bread. Because that's people food. And when consumed all day, every day, makes people fat. So imagine what it does to something one-tenth our size: makes it really fat. Seriously: ducks are now eating enough bread to become obese and hurt their babies.

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  2. You Have to go Back to Work Tomorrow, Here’s Some Puppies Herding Ducklings [Video]

    It's Sunday, and the weekend is winding down. Fortunately, some ten week old puppies are herding some ducklings, so it all works out. Enjoy.

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  3. Sleepy Duckling Can’t Stay Awake [Video]

    This duckling, adorably named Nibbles, finds Audrey's lap to be the pinnacle of comfort and fights a losing battle against sleepiness.

    (via BuzzFeed)

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  4. Ducklings Imprint On Corgi

    When the pictures of Yogi, a five-year-old corgi, being followed by two baby ducks first showed up on Animal Planet's Wall Of Fame it ellicited some shock and awww. But, ducklings latching onto a different species is nothing new. Imprinting is the process by which a baby animal establishes biological bonds. Typically, this bond between the ducks and the first thing they see would bind them to their mother. But in this case, what they saw happened to be Yogi.

    First suggested by 19th century amateur biologist Douglas Spalding, imprinting was made famous by zoologist Konrad Lorenz through his studies with geese. This type of imprinting, where an animal establishes a parental relationship is called filial imprinting. Lorenz's experiments showed that geese hatched in an incubator would imprint on the first "suitable" thing they saw, during a time he called the critical period  (between 13-16 hours after hatching.) Images of Lorenz being tailed by baby geese that bonded with him through his studies are a common example of imprinting.

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  5. Who Knew Ducklings Were Like Cats? Also, There’s a Yo-Yo [Video]

    These ducklings are doing their best cat impression: Being distracted by anything that moves. Also, being cute.

    (via BuzzFeed)

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