Fitting in – standing out

Ian, starting life all alone (apart from a mirror and a stuffed guinea pig), didn’t really know how to be a duck until St John were brought to keep him company. Now he is trying hard to copy their poses

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But if the door is opened on to the dining table St John look on respectfully

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while Ian remembers his first week of handling and hops out to join the meal

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then, forgetting he is trying to fit in as duck, decides he likes humans better

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Meanwhile storm Brian is visiting. The Buddhist tree is on countdown to winter – when the last leaf is gone…

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Ian St John are briefly deposited in the arms of Brian while their home is cleansed. Subsequently a lot of preening is needed

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Outside, Brian is taking his toll on the ground

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as Solo and his Muscovites take their afternoon wheat.

Here Solo is trying to fit in by learning Muscovese, a silent hiss and an exchange of beaks

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followed by some peer grooming

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Over the way the Cayuga flock are very vocal

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but Solo tries to contain himself – to fit in

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