Sioux Falls, SD
A rope and warning signs now circle the front porch of Gelene Van Noort. It's not to fend off intruders, but to keep visitors away from a duck they saw sitting on a flower pot two weeks ago.
"The next day we saw a duck sitting on the nest and then when she would leave, there'd be one or two extra eggs. Every day, it would seem like she would lay another egg or two," Van Noort said.
Van Nort embraced the duck and her future family, putting out food and plenty of water, especially since her home is about a mile away from any water source.
"As soon as they're born, the mother takes the chicks and she brings them to the closest water. That's going to be quite a hike," Van Noort said.
She didn't know how aggressive the mother would be until a door-to-door salesman tried to knock on her front porch door.
"That poor man. He had no idea there was a duck in there, and you really can't see her. All you can really see is her head and who is looking for that? Nobody's looking for that and when he got close, she flew up out of the nest at him," Van Noort said.
That's why the signs and rope are up, to protect delivery drivers like Billy Thomas.
"I've heard stories from other drivers. Other drivers have had horses out in the country walk right up onto the back of their truck trying to get in and other little crazy stories like that. This is actually a first for me," Thomas said.
Van Noort has kept her family updated on the duck through Facebook, and now, more than just her neighborhood are interested in the ducks.
"I didn't know everyone else would be interested. My daughter's in Nashville and she's got a lady in her office who keeps asking," Van Noort said.
She and her husband are now anxiously waiting for the new family to arrive.
"It'll be interesting to watch. I'm just hoping I'm not working when some of that happens," Van Noort said.
Van Noort is doing plenty of research to see what she can do to help the family along. She says the eggs should be ready to hatch in about a month.