The Personality Series: Mary Doodle
Mary, born July 8, 2009, part of The Quack Squad, was at first the 'ordinary' black Indian runner girl amongst a group of four black ducklings including Emily, Bella, and Beetle. Yes Mary, who is named after my great aunt, proved that each being has his/her own personality and quirks, preferences and voice. Mary has a mouth on her, but that's not all. When Mary was the equivalent age in duck days to that of, perhaps, seven or eight years in a human child, she decided she liked the older boys. I tried telling her, "Little Mary Doodle, you still have fluff. You are a duckling, not a hen, not even a pullet yet." Mary didn't care. She strutted up to Augie, her head bobbing to one side, her cracking quack voice repeating the 'service me' song. Then she'd flatten her little body in a gesture that said 'hop on boys' and they did. First Augie would climb on and then Clyde would climb on top of Augie so they were stacked three ducks deep, Mary on the bottom quacking loudly. (This is often the only scene captured in many YouTube videos that are labeled 'duck rape'. Most people who are filming do not realize there is, in most cases, an entire sequence of mating behaviors that take place before and after the actual mating and the female does quack loudly, which can sound like panic.)
Little Mary. For a while she had an indentation on the back of her head from the boys grabbing the feathers to hold on while mating. I've felt this place on the back of her head, which seems to be at the base of her skull, and there is a deposit of fatty tissue there which indicates to me that it is cushioned specifically for the purpose of providing a hang-on for the drake's bill.
You will not be surprised, then, when I tell you Mary has pinched me. Yes, when I brought her inside to treat her feet one day, she grabbed the skin above my wrist, on the back of my arm, and twisted it. Snap! There was a small bruise, but not nearly as large as the numerous bruises one teenage boy Augie Duck had given me during summer when he was most restless for a girlfriend.
Super sexed Little Miss Mary Doodle! She's the talk of the town.
Mary flirting with Augie. Augie steps aside to let Clyde mate with her.
This entire time Mary is bobbing her head.
This was back when Little Ming didn't know what to do with girls.
I think Mary is confused after Ming steps away.
Mary sees Clyde approaching, so she squats down for him.
Clyde grips the back of Mary's head in his bill.