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Name: Agnes B.
Status: other
Age: old
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Date: 2/23/2003


Question:
We often see ducks sitting in the frigid waters of our Ontario lakes and wonder 1. why do they sit in the water? and 2.how can they sustain these low water temps.


Replies:
Ducks sit in the water because that is where they are safe and find food, in any season. Their tarsi and toes have few blood vessels or nerves, and no fleshy muscles, only tough tendons. Only enough blood flow is maintained for minimal feeling. Even so, occasionally their feet will freeze. The rest of the duck's body is well protected with oily feathers and fat.

J. Elliott


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