Once upon a time, there lived a mother duck and her little ducklings near the bank of a river. They took a walk down the lake and almost got attacked by a hungry fox.
The mother duck and her little ducklings went for a walk and were on their way to the lake. The ducklings were delighted following their mom and quack-quacking on the road.
A mother duck and her ducklings in the river | Photo: Pikrepo.com
All of a sudden, the mother duck saw a fox at a distance. This frightened the mother, as she yelled at all her ducklings to leave for the lake.
She was concerned about her babies and told them to hurry. The mother duck said, "children, hurry to the lake. There's a fox!"
Duck swimming in a pond | Photo: Shutterstock
They all agreed and walked as fast as they could to reach the lake. The mother duck was afraid as she pondered what to do. Suddenly, she got an idea, and she began to walk back and forth, hauling one wing on the ground.
When the fox saw her, he became delighted and said to himself, "It seems like she is hurt and cannot fly! I can easily catch and eat her."
A young man holding a duck | Photo: Shutterstock
Then he charged towards her. The mother duck also fled, leading the fox away from the lake to save her children. And now, he wouldn't have the capacity to hurt her ducklings.
The mother duck looked towards her ducklings and saw that they had made it to the lake. She was relieved and took a deep breath.
An urban fox is seen on a garden shed in north London | Photo: Getty Images
The fox believed that she was exhausted, and he drew closer to mother duck. However, she rapidly spread her wings and rose in the air. She arrived at the center of the lake, and her ducklings swam to her.
The fox gazed at the mother duck and her ducklings in disbelief as the mother duck had deceived the fox cleverly. Now he couldn't touch them since they were in the middle of the lake.
Photo of a fox in Lomasona valley, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy. | Photo: Getty Images
A few fledglings drag their wings on the ground when a foe is going for an assault. This way, they trick the foe into thinking they are hurt. At the point where their foe trails them, this gives their offsprings time to getaway.
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Source: English for Students
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