About 4pm or so today, I thought I would show a young friend of mine , who's going to be housesitting this work my birds. Took him to the coops, did the tour, came back to the main coop, where the ducks decided to waddle over and say hi. seconds later, this brown whirlwind comes flying out from underneath my coop, goes for a duck and then runs back under the coop. Needless to say, we humans let out some squeals and screams. This creature, who was a mink, was within arm distance of my friend when it came lunging out at one of my ducks. At first I thought he got her, as four of them came back towards me, one missing. but, she was there, looking startled and frazzled as I was. I quickly rounded them up, and locked them in their run. Minutes later, the mink poked its head out and stared at us. It then came flying out and ran towards the duck run. At this point I grabbed the shovel to chase it. the ducks were throwing themselves against the fencing, trying to lunge toward the mink. It got into the pond and swam to the other side. It then stared at us some more. It came running back towards us and ran into the culvert, unfortunately for the mink, the culvert has been blocked off on the other end. No escape. so, we blocked the entrance. I went to the neighbors house , knocked on the door and said. "do you have a gun? I need you to kill something" haha. i'm sure he thought..what ?!!! he grabbed his pellet gun, as we can't just be shooting off big rifles. I am not a person who likes to see animals destroyed, but, this mind crossed the line. I feel bad it had to die, but, it tried to kill my duck , in front of me nonetheless, too brazen for me. he was shot and killed, he put 3 into him just to ensure he wasn't suffering. He's dead in my culvert. ugh. But, my ducks are safe another day. But, now I will be forever paranoid. He was a good size and very healthy. My duck is okay, I gave her a look over.