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Kyoto Works Becomes Home to a Family of Ducks

June 2012. Kyoto Works, one of our factories which manufactures liquid-crystal televisions, discovered a duck building a nest on the factory site. At the beginning of July, seven cute little chicks were hatched. The mother duck and chicks moved to a nearby paddy field with our staff watching over them. Still now, the ducks can be seen swimming peacefully.

Published Apr 2013

Photo Diary of the Mother Duck at Kyoto Works

June 1

photo: Leave me in peace, will you?

What a guard patrolling the site found was not a stranger but a mother duck. She was in the bushes sitting on her eggs.

June 25

photo: Thank you for watching over me quietly.

The mother duck sitting on her eggs. Our employees watched over her day and night, checking her condition and on the lookout for predators.

July 3

Finally, seven young chicks were hatched. They peeped and wobbled. A fence was set up around the nest to prevent the chicks from going out onto the road.

photo: Here are my little babies!
photo: We can breathe again!

July 4

The mother and chicks moved to the waterfront. One chick fell into the ditch! An employee watching over them immediately rescued it and all the ducks arrived safely at the paddy field.

photo: Let's go to the paddy field!
photo: Wait. Only six? One is missing.
photo: Help me, Mommy!
photo: Follow me!

Employees were happy and relieved to see them swimming vigorously. All employees are looking forward to seeing the grown-up chicks return to build their own nests.

photo: Thank you, everyone at Kyoto Works!

Photo Diary of Mother Duck at Kyoto Works

Message from Kyoto Works

I feel like I am a father to the ducks! I hope to watch over them growing up.

After receiving the surprising news about the duck, we spent a month hoping she would be okay and able to hatch her chicks safely. In fact, we took turns watching over the whole process from the egg-laying and hatching to fledgling periods. All our hard work was rewarded when we watched the chicks wobbling along after their mother. According to an expert, ducks sometimes make nests in environments close to humans to avoid predators such as cats and crows. An area of natural habitat and a place close to the water are also vital for them. We will make efforts to maintain a duck-friendly environment at Kyoto Works.

Akihiko Nakamura
Manager, General Affairs Section
Kyoto Works
Mitsubishi Electric