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Jul 30, 2007

Abandonned bebe ducks swimmin' in a teacup

People, The Daily Mail is reporting that an alert canoeist (is there any other kind? - Ed.) found a pair of tiny abandoned ducklings battling against waves after being washed out to sea.

Now, those ducklings are being nursed back to health—IN A TEACUP OMG!

To Sender Inner David K., and photographer Richard Austin: I BOW BEFORE YE!

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Two lumps, please!

Jwlls
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 01:46 PM

Oh are they adorable!!! I love tea, too!

Action
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 01:46 PM

Oh are they adorable!!! I love tea, too!

Action
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 01:47 PM

My 11 month old daughter would have a field day with this photo because everything to her is a duck.

So,on behalf of Sarah...

"DUCK! DUCK!"

MaggieBelle
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 01:50 PM

Total rule 14-ness, and almost rule 11-ness. I want to pick up the cup, bring it to my lips, and at the last second smooch the nearest duckling.

Deckard Canine
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 01:52 PM

Awww, these are even tinier than my week-old babies on my vox. These look younger, and are wild. But mine are snuggly on top of being tiny! So ha!

Rescued ducks are the best ducks :)

R. Moore
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 01:57 PM

R. I was thinking of you when I saw this too!
Must be the time for rescuing bebeh duckies.
(runs outside) awwwwww durn it!

Metz
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 01:58 PM

Link in my name. Bad connection making everything harder :P

R. Moore
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 01:59 PM

Would you like lemon or cream with your duckies?

Decca
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 02:00 PM

SLURRRP!

in all honesty, that looks more like one of those 22oz soup mugs... BUT STILL! :D

Caitlin
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 02:02 PM

I miss my babies :( But they took to their new momma (a real duck and not a person) quite well and are very happy from what I hear.

R. Moore
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 02:03 PM

Duck soup?

firefinch
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 02:08 PM

Lemon and a touch of honey, please! *slurp*

jules
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 02:13 PM

are they like ice cubes that go to the back of the cup if you tip it up to get a drink?

rosie
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 02:14 PM

lovin the wave-action.
these guys must be thumb sized!
adorable!

liz
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 02:23 PM

please tell me that is a giant tea cup? otherwise, i think i shall faint at the sheer minisculeness of the ducklets.

dandy_warhol
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 02:41 PM

A tempest in a teacup.

gizmo
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 02:41 PM

Totally cute, but totally photoshopped imho. The ducks and water are totally different lighting than the teacup. The caustics(water lighting/physics) don't match the physical barriers of the cup itself.

Still. Adorable.

Colin Watson-Felt
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 02:44 PM

omg it made me gasp out loud.

Mary (the first)
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 02:44 PM

Colin, photoshopping is not a crime.
They are so tiny, is it perhaps egg drop soup?

CuteBabyFix.com
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 02:50 PM

Okay, that is one of the cutest things I have ever seen! So sweet!

Brenda
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 03:01 PM

Of course a TEAcup, we are British :-)

Sons
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 03:15 PM

looks fake to me, i think this is a 'shop job.

SP
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 03:21 PM

faker than posh spice.. no waves like that could happen in a teacup.

bz
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 03:22 PM

Are you F***ing kidding me?
That is seriously redonk.

BTW, this site is totally corrupting. Does anyone else have the immediate response, regardless of the animal, to yell: OMGPONIES!!!!1!1!1111!!!!!1!!!

Kar
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 03:23 PM

O
M
G

this is the sort of thing that makes me cry. (lump in throat now)..Nature is what it is, but I hate to think of this happening all the time. Lucky duckies you found there. I wish I could rescue some.
grow well duckies!!

kp ;)

Kimmypage
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 03:23 PM

Looks like someone took "Spot o' tea, Ducks?" waaaaay too literally!

gloom raider
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 03:26 PM

First time I can honestly say I gasped OMG when I saw this picture! Thanks for the wonderful picture :)

Shandrews
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 03:34 PM

I dunno - that cup looks a little claustrophobic, no? How about a nice punch bowl, or something?

LesbianNeoCon
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 03:38 PM

The picture was taken by a professional press photographer. Not fake not a 'shop. Visit his site you amateur-sherlocks...geez.

Anon
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 03:50 PM

Ok. This just melts my heart. Absolutely wonderful.

Mindy
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 03:52 PM

Oh GEEZE! That is just too cute!

Arvay
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 04:28 PM

Colin Watson-Felt:
Natural backlight with fill-in flash. (and professional photographer)

Theo
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 04:37 PM

Very cute either way, but seeing as how I have that *exact* mug at home.. it is not an itty teacup but one of those mondo huge latte mugs. It be stitting right in front of me right now! Lovely duckies.

Tabitha Sotomayor-Ames
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 04:40 PM

Wow - those guys a brand new!! And two would fit in a cuppa that size. Lucky ducks!

Shannon
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 04:44 PM

That's sort of what I was thinking, Theo. I don't see why the newspaper would make that up. My step-mom is a professional photographer and my sister is a very talented amateur, so I see photos lit like this a lot.

R. Moore
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 04:45 PM

Tabitha Sotomayor-Ames, they'd still be small though, right? I have a lot of the giant mugs... and my duckies wouldn't fit in them (if only I'd thought to try it!).

R. Moore
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 04:48 PM

OMG!!! That is soooo friggin' CUTE!!!! I've died!

WickedWendy
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 05:31 PM

hmmm, me thinks your sender-inner may have seen this on Boing Boing first, as it was posted there earlier today.

Another Angela
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 05:52 PM

Only in England. God bless the British!

Leilani
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 06:11 PM

I love how some people think they're an expert at photography forensics.

"Clearly this must be photoshopped because I'm a cynical know-it-all with a stick up my butt."

But seriously people, how adorable is the mohawk???

taj
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 06:30 PM

Duck soup! Tasty and nutritious!

Pixy Misa
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 06:32 PM

As soon as the page loaded, I immediately went "Awwww!" out loud. I was reminded of the little goslings in Fly Away Home. Anyone remember that movie? Lots of cute, tiny waterfowl in it!

leannrose
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 06:32 PM

OMG I just watched Fly Away Home a week ago! That movie is great.

Aimee
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 06:58 PM

O
M
G
so cute i think i'm going to cry.

thank you, alert canoeist, for saving these little duckles!

i want duckles in my teacup too!

jen
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 07:14 PM

DUCKIES!!!

That's all I have to say...brain fried by cuteness, lost for witty comments. Thanks Theo for explaining about the fill-in flash though.

Xeno
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 07:47 PM

Too Sweet!!!

Dawn
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 08:27 PM

Raciiiiiiiiink stripes!

"Last one to the other side is a rotten egg!"
"Nawwwwww!"

Dan Bledwich
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 08:28 PM

Um, Richard Austin (the photographer) is frakking awesome. Have you SEEN this shifty-eyed badger on his site? You can order prints, even.

http://www.richardaustinimages.com/prints.asp?image=32&catid=3&offset=14

Holy McCrapersons.

-Meg

Meg
 |  Jul 30, 2007 at 08:48 PM

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