I adopted 5, three day old Mallard ducks from a friend. I LOVED these little ducklings! I would bring them outside to hang around the baby pool all day then put them in a brooder/cage at night. We have a large pond on the property and a pair of adult muscovies who hang out there day and night. One day the ducklings followed my son and I to the pond. The Muscovies didn't pay any attention to the ducklings and when we were ready to head home I called the ducklings and they followed us back. We went on a few more field trips to the pond until one day they were let out of their cage and went to the pond by themselves. I was heartbroken that my baby ducks didn't wait for me to take them. By this time they are starting to get some feathers are are getting pretty big. They are also spending the night in their outside pen. So then one by one the ducks were disappearing while they were out at the pond. The first one....gone without a trace in broad daylight. The next day the second one....gone without a trace in broad daylight. We found the third one floating dead with it's hind parts bit off. The fourth one was found the same way, just a head and neck floating in the pond. I tried to keep the last one locked up but it was so unhappy that I decided to let it go and he too was lost to the same fate as the others. A friend of mine said it had to be a big snapping turtle doing this damage. So I went out with a big fishing pole and some stinky meat to try to lure the turtle out. No luck! Our pond is (depending on the amount of rain we've had) somewhere between 6ft-15ft in the middle and about 100ft in diameter. What would be killing these ducks but not eating them?!? I'm wondering if the adult Muscovies were getting territorial and killed them then the fish ate the hind parts off them? However, I have never seen the scovies even acknowledge the ducklings. What do ya'll think it could of been??