Morgantown’s Ducks are NOT all in a Row

easter-egg-hunt.jpgby Brianna Herscher

As the seasons changes from winter to spring, Easter inches up closer in closer. When you think of Easter you think of chocolate bunnies and maybe stuffed ducks, but what about live ones?

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In Morgantown, Animal House, a pet store on High Street, offers a period of the time every year during April where they allow the renting of ducks. Lets address the first problem with this, the safety of the ducks.

Many of the people who are renting these ducks are college students who for the most part don’t have the adequate time, or space to raise these ducks properly. In my first year at West Virginia University the dorm I stayed in had so many students secretly keeping these ducks that we had to have our RA’s otherwise known as resident assistants conduct daily room checks.

Now thinking about how a dorm is set up, besides the obvious insufficient living space, according to purelypultry.com , ducks should live outdoors, have access to grassy areas and ponds or wading pools for cleaning and swimming purposes. All of which a dorm or a student living in a dorm cannot provide their pet duck.

So what if you don’t live in a dorm should you still rent a pet duck? The short answer, NO. During Animal House’s annual duck sale in 2016, a West Virginia University student purchased two pet ducks by the names of Goose and Maverick.

The student seemed to take care of Goose and Maverick at first and even gave them walks around campus with a leash. However things took a dive into the deep end of the pond when the student decided to grill Goose and Maverick.

Yes….GRILL.

TheOdysseyOnline.com wrote that while yes some people do eat ducks, they do not eat domesticated ducks. Not only did this student decide to grill her pets but also decided to post it on social media. TRIGGER WARNING the images seen might be sensitive to some viewers.

So if you’re not a college student should you still get a pet duck and give it to a kid for Easter?

Children tend to be very strong handed although not intentional, this can still be harming or even fatal for the ducks. Even my niece still struggles with petting her beagle softly rather than pushing down hard.

Not to mention that ducks often can carry diseases which would not be ideal to bring around a child whose immune system is generally weaker than an adults.

Although Easter is supposed to be a time for Easter egg hunts and may

be the occasional family gathering, if you still want to focus on seeing a live duck, try an alternative option to renting a pet like visiting a pet farm. Especially if you can’t ensure that duck a high quality life it’s best you let the duck be a duck in it’s own habitat. 

 

 

Flooding the Country Roads

West Virginia also known as the “Wild and Wonderful” state due to its abundance of wildlife could soon have that title jeopardized as climate change is impacting the state in more ways than one.

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In June 2016, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency for 44 West Virginia counties after flooding caused destruction, injuries, and in some case lives. glass-97504_1920This was the third deadliest flood on record for West Virginia which was due to heavy rainfall. In April 2018, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice issued a state of emergency again for 10 counties due to severe flooding experienced by heavy rainfall

If you keep up with politics, you’ll notice that our current president Donald Trump as well as his administration have made major changes for the EPA otherwise known as the United States Environmental Protection Agency which you can read more about on the National Geographic news page.

In short, our president and his administration took away a lot of plans that were put in action during President Barack Obama’s administration such as restrictions on greenhouse gases from coal plants which if you know anything about West Virginia, you’d know this was once primarily a coal state.

The reasons these plans were ultimately put into place was to try and slow down the toxic effects climate change is having on our environment. high-water-392707_1920The structure of the state of West Virginia is mainly hills and rocky-mountains which according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is prime breeding ground for floods, especially flash floods like the ones we experienced in 2016 as well as 2018.

So how is the climate change bringing more rain? According to the EPA, West Virginia’s temperature has rose one half to one degree(F) in the last century which when you see it doesn’t seem like a lot but when you think about the fact that the temperature hasn’t increased that much in the billions of centuries the Earth has been here you have to think about what we as the human race are doing to make sure that there is still an Earth left for centuries to come. 

As a West Virginia Native, I hold a special place for West Virginia in my heart which makes me sad to think of the fact that one day it might not be so wild and wonderful as we know it today. Global warming and its increase in rainfall for our state has already impacted us in so many ways within recent years it’s hard to tell if how long these country roads will be able to take us home.