If It Quacks Like A Duck

IT SEEMS LIKE EVERYONE who has a news outlet, a Facebook account, Tweets or has a blog  also has an opinion about The Duck Dynasty deal. I thought to myself: should I say anything about it? Does Phil Robertson the real guy owe it to "Phil Robertson" the "reality" guy to keep the dynasty quackin'? 

I had no answers for myself and as I've explained before, here at AboutPOPS I try to steer clear of politics and religion. (That doesn't mean I won't occasionally talk about my faith and beliefs, it's just that those doesn't necessarily have anything to do with religion.)

But, then Donald Miller came to my rescue when he tweeted a link to this article from Scientific American magazine. It is relevant because it speaks to both issues: gays and ducks.

Why are all the good blue ducks gay?

That’s what Cherry, the last remaining lass of her kind in England, may be asking herself after two male prospects that might have helped her perpetuate the species fell for one another instead of for her.

 Image of Blue Duck by Karora via Wikimedia Commons

Image of Blue Duck by Karora via Wikimedia Commons

"They stay together all the time, parading up and down their enclosure and whistling to each other as a male might do with a female he wants to mate with," Paul Stevens, the warden at Arundel Wetland Center, tells the Telegraph.

The boy birds, Ben and Jerry, were introduced to Cherry, but to no avail. "Cherry showed some interest in him," Stevens told the newspaper, referring to Jerry. "She displayed typical mating behavior—she approached him and called to him, she even looked like she was nesting. We thought it was great and it was all going to happen, but nothing ever did."

Feathers flew, however, when Ben and Jerry were shacked up together. "To our surprise, the two males really took to each other and it was obvious that they really liked each other," Stevens said, adding: "Ben and Jerry do make a lovely couple."

But Ben and Jerry’s coupling is bad news for blue ducks in England, where the threesome is thought to be among the only such birds in the country, the Telegraph reports. Blue ducks are native to New Zealand and are threatened with extinction, according to that country’s Department of Conservation.

As for Cherry, she’s taking Ben and Jerry’s relationship in stride, Stevens told the Telegraph. "Cherry doesn’t seem bothered by it," he said. "She’s just happy to keep to herself."

I will say, I bet Ben and Jerry have a very hip looking nest.

You can read the entire article here. If you're in to this sort of thing.