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What is Anatidaephobia?
Anatidaephobia is defined as a pervasive, irrational fear that one is being watched by a duck. The anatidaephobic individual fears that no matter where they are or what they are doing, a duck watches.
….The symptoms of Anatidaephobia vary from person to person. Some people, when confronted with their fear, may feel slightly uncomfortable, become nauseated or begin to perspire. Others are so severely compromised by this phobia, that they experience crippling anxiety and/or panic attacks.
Other symptoms of Anatidaephobia can include:
- A Dry Mouth
- Gasping or Shortness of Breath
- Muscle Tension
- Overall Trembling
- Feeling Out of Control
- Feeling Trapped and Unable to Escape
- Overwhelming Feeling of Impending Disaster (italics MINE!)
THIS IS ALL I HAVE TO SAY
Via the dcist:
An AP story is making the rounds of the broadcast outlets (WTOP has some of its own reporting as well) about how D.C. firefighters rescued a bunch of baby ducklings from a storm drain near 16th and U Streets NW early this morning. Neighbors called the fire department after the mama duck alerted them to her babies’ predicament with her incessant honking. From WTOP: “Three firefighters from Engine Company No. 9, which is right next to the alley, went into action, pulling off the drain’s cover and getting out a bucket. One held the legs of Sgt. Michael Engels as he reached down and scooped the swimming ducks into the bucket.” Pretty cute. All the little ducklings are safe and sound and have been turned over to animal control.