Mutual of Overload’s Wild Kingdom

In the brutal world of Nature’s savage pay-per-view cage match, even the cutest creatures must fight for dominance. Here, we see a ferocious “bull” duckling defending his mate from an unwelcome interloper. Again and again, the two males will butt heads until one retreats to look for aspirin.

The stark brutality of the unforgiving wilderness, brilliantly captured by Flickr user William Warby.


  1. Sheer brilliance.

  2. 260Oakley says:

    Mandatory de-ducktions for anyone stepping over the fowl line.

  3. hmstracylee says:

    d’aww wookit de widdle fuzzbutts!

    my apologies…

  4. Fird Birfle says:

    *waves pompoms for BebbehTawk*

  5. hmstracylee says:

    dang, you guys, I couldn’t help it!

  6. Theresa says:

    *waving hand madly* Shawpie!? Shawpie-wawpie!? There is goo-goo-ga-ga baby talk going on here! :P

  7. Fird Birfle says:

    *irreverent snerk*

    — BTW, last I knew, Sharpy had packed up, to travel to the location of
    the rocky beaches, to visit the bebbeh deer ….

  8. Cute lil’ buttheads ;-)

  9. Hahaha! :D

  10. El Stud Hombre says:

    One of these guys probably should duck and cover.

  11. I see the duck duck where’s the goose

  12. Theresa says:

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Once again, NTMTOM takes us right into the belly of the cuteness beast! :lol:

  13. metsakins says:

    bwahahaha indeed…look for aspirin! your killin’ me!

  14. Look for their mama more like it!

  15. Fird Birfle says:

    I second (or perhaps “I third”??) Theresa’s BWAAAA HAAA HAAA. That was my pre-frontal reaction, as well.

    Also: hoovertext = A+++++++ AND Extra Bonus Credit Points.
    As his reward, Mike gets to sit behind the bus driver,
    on the field trip to the tour of Grant’s Tomb.

  16. Theresa says:

    Hey, who’s buried there, Firdie? :D

  17. Ah-HA! NO ONE is buried in Grant’s tomb … Mr. & Mrs. Grant are ENTOMBED there! See, it really is a trick question.

  18. Fird Birfle says:


    (Also noted in the description below)

    “Well, no one actually. Mr. and Mrs. Grant are not buried.
    Their sarcophagi lie **above ground**.”


    Pedantics R Us !!!!!

  19. Thankyouverrrramuch, Fird … I do wear my pedantic hat (and horn-rimmed glasses) with pride!

    Not like Helena Bonham Carter in her new music video though … talk about clutching pearls! Go on, everyone … Google it. You know you want to.

  20. I think it’s only a one-pearl clutching performance. YMMV

  21. countessmara says:

    Marlin Perkins’ legacy endures with this insightful, thoughtful, over-the-top post. NOMTOM strikes again!

  22. Maybe the M in NTMTOM should be Marlin instead of Mike. After all, he is carrying on in Marlin’s footsteps, in his own way.

    At least he isn’t making Meg or Sharpy or Pyrit or Crazy Pants wrestle any cuties to the ground or anything…

  23. Fird Birfle says:


    obligatory reference to Jim (Marlin Perkin’s BFF)
    being chased by a mama rhino, in the background …..

  24. Theresa says:

    Cherished memory! While Marlin relaxes in his tent, Jim works his way down the river to check on the nest of the endangered TITANOBOA! Although why the Titanoboa would have been endangered, instead of all the rest of us, while the Titanoboa was around . . . beats me. 8O

  25. Theresa says:

    PS: Titanoboa. Don’t look unless you want nightmares:

  26. skippymom says:

    I looked, because I want nightmares.

  27. Theresa says:

    Ooga booga!!

  28. I bet Marlin (being a herpetologist by trade) would have LOVED Titanoboa!!

    Jim, being Marlin’s designated critter-wrestler, probably not so much.

  29. Fird Birfle says:

    To both Theresa & skippymom and anybody else also
    [sorry about the long coding; I only saw one option avail for this]:;_ylt=A0PDoS9Eu3xPH0gAdp6JzbkF;_ylu=X3oDMTBlMTQ4cGxyBHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1n?…&p=children+nightmare+cartoons&oid=d0422a5fb4cfea9092a1e6f71c3e88b2&fr2=&fr=&tt=boogie%2Bman%2Bcartoons%252C%2Bboogie%2Bman%2Bcartoon%252C%2Bboogie%2Bman%2Bpicture%252C%2Bboogie%2B…&b=0&ni=21&no=12&tab=organic&ts=&sigr=11m71kfjd&sigb=13j63m4aa&sigi=1187m0qij&.crumb=FZK3Xs3DHAL

  30. Fird Birfle says:

    OH JUNK.

    Editors…..any chance you could pity me and delete the above???
    It offered a black/white cartoon about “boogie” and then substituted a page of unrelated celebr. photos.


  31. victoreia says:

    I looked because my finger hit the link. 8-O

  32. kittykat416 says:

    Aw, those ducks look more like they are nuzzling heads than butting heads to me….

  33. They’re really cutting the special effects and casting budget on the Hunger Games sequel…

  34. It’s going to be all CGI.

  35. victoreia says:


  36. skippymom says:

    Drunken pandas fighting, kittens being attacked by vacuum cleaners, now baby ducklings trying to do each other in. I’m thinking this site is becoming too violent. After all, it’s supposed to be child-friendly, right?

  37. Theresa says:

    To say nothing of all the head-sploding.

  38. is it just a photo ? I think it should be a vid?

  39. Noggin’!

  40. lds7yrs says:


  41. victoreia says:


  42. “The intense competition is punctuated by violent sneezes, as the battlers breathe in little bits of floof. It’s a common urban myth that a duck’s quack will not echo. So with the tiny sneezes, as they rebound off the surrounding hillside.”

    (David Attenborough voice)

  43. Fird Birfle says:

    particularly elegant verb choices, there !!!

  44. You’ve done it again, NTMTOM!

  45. victoreia says:


    “Will you two knock it off, already?!”

  46. loribelle says:

    I want Mutual of Overload to take care of all my insurance needs, particularly risk of ded from the Qte, head splodations, and melting-into-a-puddle-of-goo-ness.


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