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August 18, 2002

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Jack, the Pet of the Day
Name: Jack
Age: Six weeks old
Gender: Male
Kind: Mallard Duck
Home: Danvers, Massachusetts, USA
 
   One day in May a lot of people had noticed that a mallard duck had made a nest in the grass near the school parking lot where I teach Kindergarten. Not long after, we discovered she had laid nine eggs. Then about a week later she was gone. She never came back. Everyone was very worried about the eggs. I decided to take them and incubate them and see if I could save them. I bought a book and followed everything that it said. About 28 days later one of the eggs hatched. Jack was born. Unfortunately, none of the other eggs made it. I have since learned that it is very difficult to hatch mallards artificially. I was luck to get one survivor.

    Jack is a good duck. He follows me everywhere I go. We have a large back yard and Jack swims in our pond everyday! He is still unable to fly and is just starting to be able to quack. It has been amazing to watch him grow!
 

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