Ducks first appeared on Earth some 150 million or so years ago. For many years their evolution ran in parallel with ours. For a brief moment in the late Pleistocene period it was touch and go as to which animal species would reign supreme. In the end it was us humans, of course. The ducks however, think that it was them ..
They too developed verbal language and a highly sophisticated culture mirroring our own. Humans lose the ability to understand the duck lingo at quite an early age but small children are able to communicate with them, this in part, explaining their attraction to duck ponds. A few, rare, adults retain the ability to speak with the ducks and they have formed a Secret Society whose main objectives are the support and understanding of our two species, as well as protection from our mutual ancient enemies. More on that later however.
In a sleepy Welsh town, not far from the Bristol Channel, resides a colony of ducks who like to think of themselves as “civilised” and “cultivated”. Here we meet two of their number Gerald and Duncan, who as always, have their eye on the main chance, that is, looking out for some gullible human who will provide them with food. They’re not daft are they ??
Gerald and Duncan in “Same Old Cheddar”.
It would seem that the early bird gets the er.. cheese ..