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D.C. Duck Ramp Proves Sometimes Nature Just Needs a Boost




What do you do when some ducklings can't quite get in and out of the Capitol Reflecting Pool in Washington, D.C.?

You build them a ramp, complete with instructions for the humans who may have a desire to further intervene, obviously.

The duck ramp went up on Monday, and there appeared to be a bit of a learning curve, as many on Twitter shared photos of a duck ramp that lacked ducks.

They just needed a little time to get over the hump and figure it all out, eventually taking to it like a duck to water. 

So why was a ramp even needed?

It turns out, according to the Architect of the Capitol, the reflecting pool has been a popular attraction for ducks and humans.

But ...

"The broad gently sloped limestone coping of the pool, however, has an unintended side-effect for our feathered-friends," AOC said on its website. "Some ducklings have trouble climbing out of the pool or returning to it once out of the water."

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