WASHINGTON, D.C. — Four families of ducks who call Capitol Hill their home have been given an easier access route to get in and out of their swimming pool.
Two duck ramps have been installed at the Capitol Reflecting Pool, located on the east side of the National Mall. The move was implemented on May 15 by The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) in partnership with local not-for-profit animal rescue organization, in an effort to lend a hand to the resident flock of ducks who return to the area every spring. The limestone edges of the pool make it difficult for baby ducklings to get in and out of the water.
After the ramps were installed, Republican Congressman Mark Walker cried foul over the move, tweeting out “If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck, it must be government waste.”
Walker’s comments were quick to set off a landslide of mocking tweets by users who oppose his views on the subject. Twitter user Erick Fernandez struck back “Donald Trump has made 21 trips to the golf course in 16 weeks and this dumbass is talking about government wasting.”
Meanwhile, Twitter user Infinite Jest Liker heckled “Imagine going from being an obscure congressional nobody to “that fuck who hates ducklings.”
Twitter user Noelle chimed in “Next up: puppies, rainbows and mini muffins.”
Despite Walker’s viewpoint, the installation of the duck ramps have been met with widespread approval. The AOC recently tweeted out a short videoclip of a group of baby ducklings figuring out how to use the ramp as designed.