Why did the ducks cross the road? Apparently in Japan, that is an actual, literal question you can ask when observing the ducks at a man-made pond in Tokyo’s Otemachi business district. And the answer is simple: to get to the other side, where the Imperial Palace moat is.
This year, a pair of wild ducks have started their trek between the pond and the moat, and this time, they have some young ones with them. The spotbill ducks had 10 babies last month at the pond and this is the first time in 5 years that ducklings have actually been born there. During the past years when there were baby ducks, the parents started taking them to the Imperial Palace moat, which is 50 meters away. Ten ducklings are too many though, and so the couple have to take just two at a time. Onlookers say the first two ducklings made the trip last Sunday, while a security guard caught them on film early Monday morning, bringing one more over to the moat.
While this might not sound that exciting to most people, the annual duck trek has become a popular event for people who like watching animals do cute stuff. It also signals the start of the summer for some, as the ducks probably think it’s cooler in the Imperial moat. Standby for more duck news, as there are still seven ducklings in the pond. The parents are probably waiting for less heavy traffic to bring the others over to the other side. And you thought ducks weren’t that smart, huh?
[ via NHK ]