A video of a mother duck and nine ducklings battling a nasty crosswind as they waddle across Woodbine Racetrack’s grounds has snagged more than 3 million hits on YouTube in four days.
No ducks were harmed in making the video, Matthew Stevens, the Woodbine Entertainment Group cameraman who captured the moment, assured the Toronto Star.
“We were under a wind delay at Woodbine. It’s a little dangerous for the horses to race in wind like that,” Stevens said.
Braver than thoroughbreds, the duck family had tried twice before to get from the racetrack paddock to the walking ring.
They picked themselves up after getting blown across the concrete, the ducklings got back into formation behind their mother, and they all ducked into a sheltered spot. “We made sure none of the little ducklings would fall into the storm drain,” Stevens said. “They were fine.
“It’s a bit of a mystery” how the video ended up on YouTube, said Stevens, who lives in Milton.
He suspects it was inadvertently included with tape sent for Woodbine’s simulcast on the U.S. horse racing channel TVG. Derbydanx, the online name of a horse racing fan, told the Star he spotted it several months ago and posted it a month ago.