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Their boat was stuck in a sandbar and Pembleton felt like something fishy was going on because every attempt to radio for help was being jammed. The only thing they could do is take their life raft to the nearby island and search for help.

Once Ducky, Pembleton, Ted, and Blizzard made it to shore, they decided to explore the island. But Ducky insisted that they all stick together and Pembleton reminded them to walk quietly.

It didn’t take long for them to discover what was going on. Ducky and Pembleton heard rough voices through the dense jungle foliage. They carefully peeked through the bushes only to find CAT PIRATES!

“That explains it”, said Pembleton. “The pirates must be jamming our radio and they probably put that sandbar near the island to trap boats like ours.”

Ducky said, “Why does it have to be CATS? I hate CATS!”

“Except for kittens”, Ted reminded him.

As they listened to the cat pirates, they found out that their leader, Captain One Mitten, was aware of their boat. He had sent his first mate to check on the boat, but he returned saying that no one was on the ship and there was no treasure – only a few sandwiches. Both pirates agreed that they were hungry and went down to the boat to eat Ducky, Pembleton, and the little guys’ sandwiches.

Meanwhile, Ducky said, “Now’s our chance to find out what they are doing here.” Pembleton added, “Maybe we can disable their radio jammer.”

To be continued…

"Arrr... what kinda sandwiches, thee be?" -Captain One Mitten exclaimed.

“Arrr… what kinda sandwiches, thee be?” -Captain One Mitten exclaimed.

Part 1 Ducky’s Mediterranean Cruise

Part 2 Water Skiing on Ducky’s Mediterranean Cruise

Part 3 Sand Bar! Full Steam Ahead! Ducky’s Mediterranean Cruise

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Pembleton, the Captain of the USS DtPb, searched his maps high and low for the best island or beach to have a picnic on. He was very careful to check his nautical maps and equipment to make sure he was sailing the proper channels.

However, he was SHOCKED when they pulled into what he thought was a safe bay, but turned out to have a hidden sandbar that was not on his maps! Their ship was stuck in the sand, just below the waterline. He tried to reverse the engine, but it was no use! In fact the engine started smoking!

Pembleton tried to call for help using his radio, but the signal was jammed. The only thing left to do was to take their life raft to shore and try to find help or at least eat their lunch.

To be continued…

"Oh No!!! We're stuck!" Ducky cried, "SOS! SOS!"

“Oh No!!! We’re stuck!” Ducky cried, “SOS! SOS!”

Part 1 Ducky’s Mediterranean Cruise

Part 2 Water Skiing on Ducky’s Mediterranean Cruise

Ducky and the gang recently went on a Mediterranean Cruise off the coast of Haifa, Israel. They took Pembleton’s new boat, the “USS DtPb,” for a short cruise around Haifa bay.

There was a slight breeze and the sun kept them nice and warm. The weather was perfect for a day out at sea.

Ted and Blizzard had heard that a pod of dolphins often liked to play nearby. They hoped they would be able to see them and maybe even see them do a trick or two.

Ducky was excited, when Pembleton told him the water would be calm today, with the occasional wave. It was perfect for some tubing or water skiing. Shortly after leaving the harbor, Ducky asked, “Is it time to get out my water skis?”

To be continued…

"Full Steam Ahead!"

“Full Steam Ahead!”

Late last night Ted and Blizzard woke up Ducky and Pembleton. They couldn’t sleep because they were hearing scary noises coming from the kitchen. Ducky and Pembleton gave Ted and Blizzard a drink of water and told them that the noise was probably just their imagination. They told Ted and Blizzard to try to go back to sleep.

While Ducky was trying to go back to bed, he suddenly became aware of strange crunching noises in the kitchen. Pembleton heard the noise too. Ted and Blizzard were too scared to move, so it was up to Ducky and Pembleton to find out what was going on.

They turned on the light in the kitchen and opened the cabinets. Right under the kitchen sink, they were surprised to find Rumplestiltskin.

“Whoa! How did you get all the way to Israel?”, Ducky asked. Rumplestiltskin explained that all “mice” know about a transatlantic sewer pipe that they can use to travel around the world. Rumplestiltskin had missed Ducky in Texas and caught a whiff of his scent and followed his nose right to Ducky’s new home in Israel.

Pembleton was a little annoyed that Rumplestiltskin came without even warning them, but Ducky was so happy to see his old friend that Pembleton tolerated the visit.

Do you have any more jelly?

Do you have any more jelly?

Even though Ducky has been having lots of fun and trying lots of new things, he has been having a hard time since moving to Israel. He hasn’t made many new friends yet. So it was really hard for him today, because today is Ducky’s birthday.

All day Ducky kept telling Pembleton about how he wished his friends were here to celebrate his birthday and that his birthday just wouldn’t be the same without his friends. Ducky was so sad to think that no one here even knew it was his birthday.

Just when Ducky thought he was going to cry, Pembleton told Ducky that he needed him to go down to the bakery to pick up some bread for dinner. When Ducky stepped inside the bakery, a group of familiar faces shouted, “SURPRISE!”. It was Ducky’s friends. Amanda Panda, Penelope Penguin, Edgar Elephant, and even the Lambs were there. Ted and Blizzard sang and danced. There were presents, a giant orange cake, and a sign that said “Happy Birthday Ducky”.

Ducky’s got to wear his sheriffs outfit and everyone sang him Happy Birthday. It was Ducky’s best birthday ever.

SURPISE!

SURPRISE!

Pembleton's Lab #6 The Sun

“The Sun is a giant burning ball of gas!” said Pembleton as Ducky giggled.

Mrs. Cottontail urged Pembleton to continue his report, while she gave Ducky “the stink eye”.

“Like I said, the Sun is a star and all stars are made up of mostly gases. When the gas burns it produces heat and light. Our Sun produces most of the energy that sustains life on Earth. It provides plants with food through photosynthesis. It helps to power homes and cars through solar power.” Pembleton confidently read his report. After he was done the class cheered.

“Any questions?” Pembleton asked.

“Can we visit the Sun?” Ducky asked.

“We are unable to visit the Sun for many reasons. One, it is too hot. Two, it is too far away. Three, we have recess in 5 minutes.” Pembleton answered. “But I did bring these awesome pictures of the Sun from a book I got at NASA. Do you want to see?” The whole class sat a little taller to get a better view as Pembleton showed them a few of his favorite photographs.

Pembleton's Lab 5: Snowflakes

Snowflakes are crystals made from water.

Today Ducky was jumping to catch early morning snowflakes in his mouth, when he asked Pembleton, “Why are snowflakes different from raindrops?”.

Pembleton said, “that is an interesting scientific question” and he asked the Lambs if they would retrieve some charts from his lab so that he could fully explain. Pembleton started, “Snowflakes and raindrops are both made of water”.

Ducky interrupted dancing with one wing in the air, “… but if they are both made of water, why do they look different?”.

“I’m getting to that! When the temperature is low, around 32 degrees Fahrenheit or 0 degrees Celcius, the water that would normally fall as raindrops turns into crystals. When these crystals grow, they form what we call snowflakes. During the 1920s, a scientist named ‘Snowflake Bentley’ took thousands of pictures of snowflakes showing the world that almost all snowflakes have different shapes.”

Ducky asked, “How do you know so much about snowflakes, Pembleton?”

“Snowflakes were my very first scientific interest. A large fluffy snowflake was the first thing I saw on the day that I hatched in the South Pole. Ever since then I have been studying these amazing little crystals.”

Until next time, Pembleton reminds you to KEEP BEING CURIOUS!

If you have a question for Pembleton, leave it in the comment section.

One day at recess. Ducky and Ted were playing with soap bubbles. Ducky had a giant blue wand that he was using to make large bubbles. Ted was running around and popping the bubbles. Each new bubble got bigger and bigger, as Ducky perfected his bubble making.  One bubble was so big and so strong that when Ted went to pop it, he fell into the bubble and started to float away.

Ducky was horrified. He shouted for help. Pembleton saw what was happening and rushed to get his special plunger, he often uses to get cats out of trees. He aimed; he fired, and thankfully rescued Ted.

From now on, Ducky won’t blow bubbles, or at least not till he figures out a safer way when Ted is around.

Do you have any ideas on how to keep Ted safe, while blowing big bubbles?

Help Ducky, by leaving your ideas in the comment section below!

A baby bear, stuck in a bubble.

“Help, get me down!”

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Ducky is a World Champion Heart-lifter. If it was an Olympic sport, Ducky would have the gold medal, no contest.

What is a Champion Heart-lifter, you might ask. Well a Champion Heart-lifter, is someone with the unique gift of bringing joy and happiness to people having a rough time in life. Ducky often visits children who are in the hospital, or the elderly in nursing homes to lift their hearts and make them laugh.  He always enjoys sharing his snacks with them.

Ducky is a Champion Heart-lifter, but you can be one too. Just be a friend to someone in need.

“Why did the Ducky cross the road?”

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“Vacation at last.” Mrs. Lamb sighed as she woke up in a comfy bed in their German chateau. She got up, looked out of her window and saw the beautiful German country side. Knowing she was far, far away from Ducky, she couldn’t help but smile.

“Are you ready to party?” Mr. Lamb said as he put on his hat and grabbed his favorite apple juice stein.

The Lambs left their chateau in the country, hopped on a train, and were on their way to Oktoberfest! This was the one time of year, where they were Ducky-free and were able to do what they wanted to do. As they arrived, Mrs. Lamb wasted no time and got a pretzel from their favorite vendor. They rode several rides, played games, and ate plum cake.

As the day was winding down, the Lambs ran into an old friend, Mr. Hedgehog. “How are you, Mr. Hedgehog?” Mr. Lamb asked as he sipped on his apple juice.

“I’m having a blast! Plus, I got this awesome shirt for free. Did you know that Oktober is now called Ducktober?” Mr. Hedgehog replied.

Mrs. Lamb in shock dropped her pretzel and Mr. Lamb choked on his apple juice. “What did you say?” They asked together.

“They didn’t have enough time to make the signs this year, but next year, this will be Ductober fest and they are building a new hall in honor of an Emperor named Ducky. Do you know him?”

The Lambs, quickly said Auf Wiedersehen without answering his question. They needed to get back to the peace and quiet of their chateau. The only true place they could escape Ducky, or so they hoped.

Guten Tag!

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Ducky and Pembleton were called on another rescue mission. This time two black bear cubs in the Adirondacks got themselves in a pickle. While playing, they stumbled on an abandoned camp site and smelled something wonderful – jelly donuts. The donuts were inside of a big green box made of metal. One cub helped boost his brother up to grab the donuts, but they were just out of reach. He tried and he tried, until he fell into the big green box. Then he realized he was stuck and began to panic. His brother ran to get their mother. When she arrived, she was not too happy. After looking around, she decided there was only one way to get him out. She had to call Ducky and Pembleton, the Animal Rescuers.

Ducky and Pembleton received the message from a carrier pigeon and were on their way. This time, they took Pembleton’s helicopter. Shortly after arriving they were able to get the little guy out, safely and Ducky gave them fresh black berry jelly donuts.

When they got home Ducky went straight to the kitchen for his afternoon snack. “Hey where is my PB & Fluff sandwich?” Ducky asked. “Lambs! Lambs! LAMBSSSSSSSSSS!” He shouted.

“It looks like the Lambs are gone.” Pembleton said as he read a note left by Mr. Lamb.

(Find out where the Lambs are, in tomorrows post!)

“Help Ducky! Help!”

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Tip #1 BE CUTE!

Ducky is a business man, I mean duck, at heart. He enjoys making money to buy snacks and toys. Over the years, he has come up with several business tips to help any business man or duck be successful.

Tip #1

BE CUTE. Moms, grandmas, grandpas and even dads can’t resist cuteness. If you use cuteness to sell your product, whether it be a macaroni necklace or popsicle box, they won’t be able to resist.  Try not to be TOO cute. It may backfire and they may guess you are on to something, like buying a ton of candy for a Lego Star Wars party in the living room planed for after the parents go to bed…

Ducky was rummaging through his old toy box, when he found his sheriff’s costume (badge and all). After making sure everything fit, he started his patrol. While making his rounds, he noticed something was different in the kitchen. He pushed a step stool to the counter, hopped up, and noticed there were NO COOKIES in the cookie jar!

Ducky was so upset. He was on a mission to find the culprit. First, he suspected the Lambs. But they only like ginger snaps and these were chocolate chip. Then he questioned Bear and Appa, but they had not been in the kitchen since dinner. Last, but not least, Ducky interrogated Pembleton.  While giving Pembleton the third degree, Pembleton picked a crumb off of Ducky’s chest feathers and gave him the stink eye. “Excuse me Ducky, but I believe you were the last to eat the cookies. These crumbs are evidence.”

“Umm..Umm… No I didn’t.” Ducky said slowly backing away.

“Yes, you did! The lil’ guys even saw you!” Pembleton accused. “I’m going to need your badge and cap guns, and you’re in time out until the parents get home.”

Ducky stomped his boots and fired off his pop guns into the air yelling “I’m not going to time out and you can’t make me.”

But with one super look, Ducky knew Pembleton was serious. Ducky sadly handed his badge and guns over to Pembleton and marched to time out, pouting along the way.

“You can’t make me go to time out!”

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Late last night, Ducky was hungry. He was craving COOKIES. He walked in to the kitchen and saw that the cookie jar was too high. What was he going to do? He thought about it for a minute, and then decided to wake up the Lambs. The Lambs were grumpy from waking up, but Ducky said there was an emergency in the kitchen that needed their attention. Once they got to the kitchen Ducky pointed to the cookie jar. “It’s too high for me. I need a boost, “he told them. Even though the Lambs were angry, they gave him a boost and Ducky got his cookie.

The Lambs stood there in shock as Ducky hopped off the counter and walked out of the kitchen without sharing or saying thank you. As they went back to bed, Mrs. Lamb told Mr. Lamb, “We need a vacation, SOON.”

“Just a little higher.”

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The other day, Ted and Blizzard were sitting out in the yard passing a ball back and forth. While they were playing Ted said to Blizzard, “My dad is the best bear in the world!” Blizzard thought about this for a second and then said, “that isn’t possible, because my dad is the best bear in the world!”

Who do you think is the best bear?

“My dad”…”No, My dad”

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Every year around this time, the gang goes out to find their pumpkin friend named Jack. This weekend they found him! Ducky, Pembleton and the rest of the gang are so excited to have Jack back.

Jack has not been carved yet, but they all have their thinking caps on and are coming up with ideas. How do you think Jack should be carved?

(Leave your ideas in the comment box!)

Here are some pictures from last year. They went with the traditional look.

Happy DUCKTOBER!

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What is a Robot?

Ted and Blizzard asked Pembleton: “What is a Robot? ” Pembleton got so excited he took them to his laboratory to explain.

“Robots come in all shapes and sizes. They have a computer for a brain, and sensors and moving parts that help them complete specific tasks. Robots are used to make cars, computers, to help rescue people or animals from disasters, and clean around the house.” Pembleton explained to the Lil’ Guys.

“Wow, they can clean up around the house?!?” said Ted super excited.

“Did you know robots can also be your friend, and play games with you?” Pembleton added.

“We need one,” Blizzard and Ted said at the same time while they jumped up and down.

Until Next Time, Pembleton wants you to KEEP BEING CURIOUS!

Pembleton asks, “What science subject would you like me to explain next?” Please leave in the comment section below.

Saturday was the first day of fall. Now that things have slowed down and no animals need rescuing, Ducky, Pembleton, and the lil’ guys celebrated by snuggling up in a blanket to watch Charlotte’s Web and drinking spiced apple cider in their special mugs.

Mmmm… Spiced apple cider….

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*Mugs painted by Timothy

Early this morning, Pembleton received a phone call from the International Society of Animal Vulcanologists. Mount Fuego in Guatemala had erupted with almost no warning! The society had evacuated most of the local animals, but there were still several families missing. Pembleton, thinking that Ducky would just get in the way, snuck out of the house and headed to the airfield where his plane was being prepped for takeoff.

Several minutes into the flight, Pembleton heard strange noises coming from the copilot’s compartment. Looking behind, Pembleton found a round ball of fluffy feathers rifling through his lunchbox. “Where are all the good snacks?”, Ducky asked.

Pembleton was shocked. “What are you doing here?”

“I came to help save the animals.”

“I thought you were sleeping. How did know that I was going on a mission?”

“The aroma of PB&J woke me up, when you were packing your lunchbox this morning. So I decided to find out what you were up to”, Ducky said with an innocent grin. “Can I fly the plane?”

“No!”

“Plus you know you can’t go rescuing animals without me. You need me because we are a team! … Can I fly the plane now?”

“No!”

Ducky and Pembleton raced towards the volcano where they were able to help rescue all of the missing families near Mount Fuego. After a hard days work, Ducky and Pembleton enjoyed PB&J sandwhiches and headed home. Pembleton never let Ducky fly the plane.

This story is dedicated to our little panda buddy at the National Zoo, who sadly passed away today.

Flying to the rescue over Mt Fuego.

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To quote Ducky, “Today was TOTALLY WICKEDDDD!!!!” The whole family went to the Houston Zoo to visit the animals. Pembleton is a volunteer, which means we get to see all the behind the scene stuff! We got to paint with the elephants, swing in the monkey cages, help the rhinos with their mud bath, and give the bears a back scratch. Everyone was having so much fun, until we got to the lion exhibit.

As Pembleton came out with the lions’ snacks, he was horrified to see Ducky saddling up Jonathan, the male lion, to ride! Before Pembleton could do anything, Ducky hopped on and shouted “Tally Ho.” After bucking around for a few minutes and feeling rather sick, Ducky was ready to get down. However, he had no idea how and Jonathan was looking rather angry. Pembleton knew one way to calm down the giant cat. He reached in to his bucket of snacks and tossed over a PB&J. While the cat was distracted, Pembleton used a net to snag Ducky and move him to safety.  Pembleton was very angry at Ducky for breaking the rules (Pembleton hates when people or animals break the rules).

After “the incident” Ducky was no longer invited behind the scenes. Pouting, Ducky went for a swim around Duck Lake and forgot all his troubles. It truly was a “TOTALLY WICKED” day!

Ducky takes Jonathan, the Lion, for a Ride

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This summer, Pembleton brought Ducky and the Lil’ Guys on an expedition to the arctic ocean to conduct research with his new submarine. One day Ducky and Ted were bored and went scuba diving. During their exploration, they found a sunken pirate ship! The ship was old and falling apart. Ducky had to be extra careful. While exploring, he heard a noise. A baby beluga, which was trapped in the wreckage and missing his mama.  Ducky and Ted helped navigate the beluga out of the ship wreck.  But the beluga didn’t know where his mama was, but knew his underwater address. 221 B Poseidon St.  Ducky didn’t know where Poseidon St was, but used Pembleton’s underwater GPS. It wasn’t long before baby and mama were reunited. All thanks to Ducky and Ted. When it was time to go, the baby offered Ted a ride and Ducky gave the baby a kiss. It was a great day!

Ducky and Ted say goodbye to the Baby Beluga.

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Check out Ducky and Pembleton’s Facebook page and remember to “friend” them. Also, let others who would enjoy fun & exciting stories about little animals doing big things know about this blog. Tell them to “friend” them as well! 🙂

Hide and Seek, in a reusable grocery bag.

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After the last hurricane,  Ducky, Pembleton and the Lil’ Guys headed over to Louisiana to help the animals rebuild their homes. While there, Ted and Blizzard (the Lil’ Guys) found a gator stuck in some fishing lines! He was really scared, so the Lil Guys and Ducky helped keep him calm, while Pembleton cut him free. Suddenly, the gator went into a death roll and some how Ducky and Ted ended up in his MOUTH! Luckily, Ducky’s handy umbrella kept the gator’s jaws wedged open. Ted easily escaped, but it took Pembleton 6 hours to calm the gator down and safely rescue both Ducky and his umbrella.

GET ME OUT OF HERE!!!

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Yesterday was a busy day for Pembleton, me, and the little guys! When we woke up we heard the news of the new baby Panda being born at the National Zoo. We loaded up Pembleton’s jet. I made sure to pack snacks and juicy cups. Ted and Blizzard had the baby gift (a fuzzy blanket) and we were on our way. Unfortunately Pembleton did not let me fly. He never does, says  I need my pilots license first, which is RIDICULOUS! Why do I need a pilot license? I’m Emperor!

We are happy to report baby panda and mama are well. We can’t wait to see more pictures on our favorite website http://www.zooborns.com And guess what?!?! On our way home we stopped for ICE CREAM!! Oh Yeah! (Dance, dance!)

Until next time- Ducky and Ted (D.t.)

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