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These webbed feet were made for walking

The typical boot-wearing adult stride is about 3 feet long. From birth, it takes us about 16 years to achieve that potential. These new-born ducklings are lucky to step about 3 inches, and the last-to-hatch had to get striding about 16 minutes after leaving its shell.

 

These boots belong to a construction worker at Seattle's forthcoming Olympic Sculpture Park. The webbed feet belong to eleven newborn ducklings and their Mallard mom, which had built her nest in the middle of the construction site.

 

Work, trucks, traffic and trains all stopped while an escort of workers and Seattle Art Museum staff guided the duck and ducklings about 300 yards over the tracks, through the site, to the water's edge. That's about 3,600 little web-footed strides - a pretty long walk for your first day.

 

Learn more about their journey and see more pictures here.

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Taken on May 5, 2006