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Several weeks back, I watched a video on how Peking Duck is made – from the egg to the table. The entire process for a geek like myself was fascinating. Ducks lay eggs that are immediately separated from the duck and placed in a mass gestational machine. Over a period of time and through many stages the duck embryos grow closer to hatching until one day, they chip away from the inside out at the once protective shells. As they grow the shells are no longer a form of protection. Their shells have become a prison for their growing bodies. Eventually, the little ducklings break through and move on to the next stages of their lives.

The interesting thing is during the filming the interviewer picked up a partially cracked open egg shell and broke it, thus, freeing the duckling inside. I cannot help but wonder how will the duckling fare compared to the other little ducklings who broke themselves free.

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Day 95: Peking Duck