The world may be falling apart, but at least compassion isn’t totally dead. A recent image making the rounds on Twitter has buoyed the hearts of users everywhere. Brad Pulmer was just chilling in DC, then this happened:
Saw a duck with a bunch of ducklings wandering lost around downtown DC this morning. A group of people decided to huddle around the ducks and protect them as they crossed the roads. pic.twitter.com/WtSeR92ljp
— brad plumer (@bradplumer) May 2, 2018
Though the ducks were probably like:
We like to think the creatures knew that the humans flanking them in oncoming traffic were doing so for their safety. Regardless, Twitter knew this and began to see the good in each other.
America is already great.
— Richard Meyer (@RichardMeyerDC) May 2, 2018
Isn’t it just a wonderful commentary on human beings that a momma duck & her ducklings can bring traffic to a halt in downtown DC. Makes me feel like everything is still in balance & all is well with the human race. Kindness is the he most important word in the English language.
— Judith (@mommyjc123) May 2, 2018
This is one of the only reasons being late for work should be excused. If you're saving a family of ducks you can be as late as you want.
— OrganizedChaos (@chaosmanaged1) May 5, 2018
If only we could as humans do the same thing for humanity's neglected & endangered children trapped in poverty, ignorance & abuse. Too hard? Maybe just one?
— Leon of DE (@leon_fan) May 2, 2018
Until people started making puns and we all hated each other again.
glad to see those folks were not ducking their responsibilities
— jack mcgraw (@redmcgraw1) May 2, 2018
— Sally Dillon (@8fuld) May 2, 2018
That's one way to duck traffic.
— LuisG (@legez) May 4, 2018
Others shared their own duck stories.
Have seen Canadian geese in Chicago escort a group of 20-30 goslings across a road that runs thru one of the big parks. 1 goose at front looked both ways before starting across, 1 toward the middle of the group kept young'uns in line, 1 urged stragglers on at rear!
— Janet H. (@jehwriter) May 2, 2018
This mama duck and her partner come to the Nat Geo courtyard every season, which is where she often lays her eggs. They like the fountain! She usually takes them back and forth between Nat Geo and Constitution Gardens down on the mall.
— Rachael Bale (@Rachael_Bale) May 2, 2018
It happens every year. Some ducks lay nests in tree planters right by the curb, which doesn’t seem ideal, but they do it. Guards at some buildings are on duckling watch as soon as it’s time for them to go. One of my favorite things about DC spring.
— Tammi Gaw (@tammigaw) May 2, 2018
Thanks to these good samaritans, not only will the duck and ducklings find home, but, for a few hours, we got to talk about “those great people in Washington” for once.