A pair of ducks has been pretty interested in getting inside an animal rehab center lately.
The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center (WRC) in Roseville usually only gets to see injured animals, but this spring a pair of mallards has been hanging out near the front door. On Friday morning, one of the ducks was even lined up hoping to get a peak inside:
The WRC told GoMN they've been "enjoying them quite a bit this year," noting the pair of mallards always nests in the marsh near the center, but this year they are a bit more fascinated by the front door of the building.
Here's video from earlier this month of the ducks looking pretty eager to get inside.
Sorry, ducks, we only help injured animals. No free meals here. Move along... move along.
Posted by Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota (WRC) on Sunday, April 2, 2017
The WRC wrote in a comment on Facebook that seeing healthy wild animals "brings our staff incredible joy (and laughter)."
Ducks will be nesting soon
The mallards are getting ready to nest, but the WRC says they still haven't found any eggs.
Typically, mallards mate in late winter or early spring, and they'll build there nests in dense vegetation, the Minnesota DNR says. But sometimes mallards will decide to make their nest in a more public place.
The WRC says they get a few calls every year from restaurants where a mallard built a nest in their planters or patios, and they typically ask for tips for getting people to leave the mama duck alone. The center suggests creating a Twitter or social media feed for the duck – the method has worked in the past.
A mama mallard typically lays five to 14 eggs, which take 26-30 days to hatch.
The WRC says they may have to start their own duckling countdown in the near future for the door-loving ducks.
For updates on the ducks, check out the WRC's Facebook page here.