Monday, 15 June 2009
From the Telegraph web site:
The duck had been shepherding her four babies out of the way of a roaming swan when she got distracted and looked away for a second.
She tripped over the unlucky duckling and trod straight on its back, flattening it into the ground.
After feeling the bump underfoot, the mother took a quick glance to check it had survived before waddling on her way.
Luckily, the bedraggled duckling was okay and sprang back into action, fluffing its feathers indignantly before trailing after its siblings by the River Avon in Christchurch, Dorset.
An eyewitness said: "I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it. She just trod straight on top of the little duckling.
"My heart stopped for a second - I thought she must have killed it, because it's only a tiny frail thing.
"But it bounced straight back up again and shook itself down, good as new.
"The duckling looked a little bit offended but the mother just had a look to see if it was ok and waddled on her way quacking."