I live in Damascus and right now you will mother ducks with their new babies, about a week old, walking around town. The hiker that took this baby duck has for all intent and purposes killed this little duck. Sure a great many of the ducklings that are around will not make it anyway but for a person to step in and kill this baby is really sad.
I also find it sad that so many of the responders to this thread think it is funny. When did animal abuse become funny, especially to hikers who are more in touch with nature than most people.