Six weeks ago, a Muscovy duck from the pond in Round Rock West City Park laid more than a dozen eggs. She chose to nest in a planter at the AGE of Central Texas Thrive Social & Wellness Center, a weekday adult day health care center. The duck—mAGEy, as center staff have come to call her—welcomed 14 ducklings April 22.
The Thrive Center members and staff had been providing food and protection for mAGEy ahead of the ducklings' hatching. On April 23, the Thrive Center and Round Rock Animal Control released mAGEy and her ducklings back into the pond at Round Rock West City Park.
Five ducklings have been retained and will be cared for "as an insurance population against predation," according to Rob Faubion, the center's director of marketing and communications, in an April 23 email.
A video of mAGEy and her ducklings' return to Round Rock West City Park is included below. For more videos of mAGEy, click here.