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Mallard's as Parents

A mallard pair has one duckling as Osprey got the other one. I was wondering
if ducks raise their young like Canada geese. The reason asking is, this
pair leaves their very young duckling for hours on end by itself. Yesterday
they left it in the pond and I am not certain if they ever returned to it. I
have noticed them returning on other occasions. It swims around and around
looking for them, just peeping away. Very sad.

Are they just bad parents are is this normal behavior or have they abandoned
it? I'm fairly new to pond life as this is my second summer on the pond.

Ginny Gillam
Edenton, NC