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Thread: BADGER QUADCOPTER SAVES LIFE OF MY CLOSE FRIEND PATRICK! Incredible SAR story!!

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    BADGER QUADCOPTER SAVES LIFE OF MY CLOSE FRIEND PATRICK! Incredible SAR story!!

    So I just recently started flying a quad. My choice is the Badger. It is a new quad design put out by Flying Monkey. It is a little light weight sport quad designed specifically for FPV. No gopro, no GPS, just a battery, a KK board, and a simple OSD.

    Check it out at his thread http://fpvlab.com/forums/showthread....-Flying-Monkey-)

    I live on a pond.....about a 2 acre pond with all kinds of water foul coming and going. Among these are a few resident ducks and one swan that make it their home year around. Virginia the swan keeps to herself prety much but, Fernando, J.B., Obama, and last but certainaly not least is my buddy Patrick (aka Patty). These 4 are Malard drakes (male ducks) or a mix of a domestic breed maybe.......Anywhooooo.........Poor Patty reminds me of the fat kid that everybady made fun of in P.E. calss. The other three will come running/swimming/flying when I break out with the food......Patrick is always left behind and the last to arrive........he cant fly cause he is wayyyyyy to fat. Picture of both the Badger and Patty below.

    Patrick makes up for his physical limitations by his intelligence and daring. He has found that coming up on my deck and knocking on the sliding glass door he gets fed. He is such a goofy damn duck you cant help but fall in love with him.......and feed him. He taught Obama this trick also. Despite all the shit they give me (pun intended) the family tollerates them cause they make us smile and laugh daily.

    Every morning I get up before the sun. It has been cold here so the pond is frozen except for the other side where there is still open water. When the sun comes up Patty and Obama make their pilgramage across the ice to my house to get their breakfast. It is like clock work.

    This morning was like every other.....I was sitting infront of the fire chatting with my step daughter who was looking out at the pond.......Her eyes gery wide and she yelled "look out on the ice". I turned around, grabed my binoculars and to my horror I saw an Owl on some prey. I knew it had to be one of the four residient duck and I prayed that it wasnt Patty. I saw Obama standing on the edge of the ice and I knew it must of be Patty on the owls dinner table though I couldnt confirm it cause 50 yards of thin ice stood between me and this very very sad sceen. Both my step daughter and I started to tear up.......We have grown very fond of this duck because of the laughs he gives us and our visiting friends......he is quite a popular personality on the pond.

    I tried yelling and throwing rocks but even with the rocks sliding accross the ice I couldnt get them far enough. The owl was totally unconcerned with me. My step daughter kept an eye on things through the binoculars and as I contemplated taking my chances on the ice (no worries......the pond is only a couple of feet deep) but was giving up hope for the ducks life. The only hope I had was that it wasnt Patty.

    Just then my step daughter said she saw movement from the duck and I had renewed hope. I started thinking "if I only had some way to get out on that ice safely". Then it hit me.........The Badger......scramble the Badger. The air raid sirens went off in my head and I ran for my work shop with my step daughter, K, yelling "hurry hurry.......what can I do''?? I handed her my ground station and told her to take it out to the livingroom. I slamed a batteyr into the Badger plugged it in and waited for it to arm......longest 2 seconds of my life.....lol. I ran out to the living room and handed the quad to K and told here to take it out on the deck and set it down. I pluged in my ground station and had my goggles on in record time.

    The low view of the deck came into focus as I expected........No time for the normal NOOBIE deep breath and a moment to contemplate the takeoff or anything......My friends life was hanging in the balance. You have to understand......as silly as this story sounds, emotions were running very high.......This is the equivlent of losing a pet both K and I were very shaken........and I am not a huge anamil lover or a dog freek or anything like that. My emotions suprised even me.

    Back to the task at hand. Without thinking I made an aggressive takeoff up and over the railing of the deck as I yawed onto heading. K was holding my ground station as she watched from LOS view. I reached the Owl and Patty as fast as I knew how to fly. The Owl was not giving up breakfast easy. I landed on the ice right next to the two and it was only then I could confirm it was My friend who was introuble. The Owl turned to face me and manteled his wings to protect his kill from the Badger. I saw Patty's wings flap as he struggled under the Owl. Normally I respect the laws of nature and Her seemingly cruel practices but I felt more like a father protecting his family......if that aint Nature I dont know what is.....

    I hover taxied to within a couple of feet of the Owl and Patty and finally the Owl took flight leaving a stunned Patty exposed on the ice. I know from previous experience from other flights that the ducks do not like the quad any more than a hungry owl.....lol. As soon as the Owl let go Patty got up and struggled to get to open water. K told me that the Owl was still close by so I escorted paty to the water but stayed far enough back so not to panic him any more.

    With Patty safe in the water I flew back and landed. As soon as I retrived the Badger off the deck The Owl swooped in and landed back at the kill spot. and sat there watching the ducks. as bad as I wanted to chase him off with the quad I didnt......My envolvement with nature was over and I decided to let him hunt for his own survival. He left shortly after and I haven seen him since. I am still watching over my buddys and the Badger is sitting on the dinning room table on ''alert''.

    I still dont know Pattys condition and I hope he is okay.......I will call them in soon and check him over when I am reasonably sure the Owl isnt hunting in the area anymore.
    K went to school prety upset this morning but thanks to the Badger she is a little happier and I am to.

    Brett


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    Great story!! Lucky Duck to have a friend like you!

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    Very cool story, I hope Patrick is okay!

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    Dude, you are CRAZY!!! Haha, great story man... Landing on the ice? CRAZY!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moelich73 View Post
    Very cool story, I hope Patrick is okay!
    I just saw him through the binoculars and he wont leave the open water despite my calling him up to the deck. I use a duck call to call the residend ducks up and it never fails cause they get food when they hear that......lol. Patrick tried but wouldnt cross the ice. At least I saw him and he seems to be hurt but alive for now! I will keep you guys posted.......and thanks!
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    Send that to readers digest!

    They'd be like "ok so you had a badger in your dining room? er patty the owl...wtf?"

    Great story!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Monkey View Post
    Dude, you are CRAZY!!! Haha, great story man... Landing on the ice? CRAZY!!!
    I had to........he's my buddy......I would have done the same thing for you......lol. It was either that or take my chances with the ice, which I would have done if I botched the take off. Im telling ya........I was in Air Force Mode man......! My wingman was down!!!
    My next mission.......SAD.......Search and Destroy the enemy......or at least disrupt his hunting grounds here on the Pond.......He is a new fixture to the environment that showed up about a week ago with a swooping debut out on to the railing of the deck. My step daughter and wife watched him land then take off again and swoop the ducks and geese.....Fudcker!!
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    As if I didnt already thing you were awesome this just confirmed it. You sir are awesome in my book.

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    Now I want to see the headline on the news...

    "Drone saves Duck"

    or

    "Airman in United States Air Force uses drone to save Duck"

    I'm sure the privacy advocates would complain that you invaded the owls privacy, lol.
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    Haha great story. Hopefully he just got his foot hurt or something and he'll recover. Next time just use a paintball gun lol, I bought my dad one to deal with the woodpecker and it hasn't been back for years!

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