By Paul Tran, Courier Staff Writer
People view birds very differently: as adorable or dirty and elegant or annoying. Should ducks be allowed to be put in public locations? The Union City public library sits by a small lake full of quack-machines. Some people are hostile towards these loud, feathered animals, while others appreciate their contribution to the libraryís aesthetic environment.
Itís possible that ducks can both terrorize or be terrorized by people. Americaís Funniest Videos has a meaty compilation of clips showing angry ducks harassing women and children. Birds often become violent when in mating season or while protecting their young. As a result, children can develop a fear of beaks and tremble at the sound of quacks. Even in less severe cases, one might get tripped in the dirt or lose a patch of hair. This, of course, is more common the other way around. Curious kids from toddlers to teens might enjoy tossing stones at ducks. Physical abuse towards wild animals is justifiable by child logic.
Having birds in the environment inevitably leads to lots of noise, feces and feathers littered about the ground. Some kids or imaginative adults find mysterious pleasure and fascination in uncovering shed feathers and strangely colored poo, and find the pointless quacks of geese and their feathered kin to be a soothing natural experience. More mature library-dwellers might find the variety of ground texture to be a disturbance to their clean atmosphere, and the clamor or ducks could leave them distracted and annoyed.
Public libraries are a habitat where ducks will often make contact with humans, and naturally not all encounters will be positive. The existence of these elegant quacking beasts in public environments remains a controversial matter.