I'm confused? Why is a duck crossing the road supposed to give me a heart attack? It's a duck for cripes sake! I've killed and eaten a lot of them. ArtTherein lies your problem. It's not just one duck...but a bunch of baby ducks, too. A mother and her ducklings. Sometimes a human being can feel empathy or sympathy for an animal for no other reason than the circumstances. Not all animal encounters have to be about food.