After much laughing as he herded the ducks around the yard and through the barn, Tony did succeed in separating the two ducks. Tweak walked around the outside of the barn while Leonardo and Tony battled for best moves in the barn. Finally, I went in and picked Leonardo up (it's easier to catch a duck with two people). I brought Leonardo out to the pool, set him in gently, and he paddled his feet a bit. As soon as I let go he flapped away toward Josh, who had been watching from the other side of the container garden.
But much to my surprise (and admitted instantaneous panic), Josh didn't run away. Instead he grabbed Leonardo by the back, between the wings, and started slamming him repeatedly into the ground. I was sure Josh had snapped and was going to kill the duck, but my husband signaled me to wait and see what happened. After several tense moments, Josh released Leonardo, who went racing for the safety of the barn, and his companion Tweak. There were maybe four feathers lost in the ordeal, and Leonardo is just fine.
A minute later, Tweak and Leonardo came out of the barn, and Tweak made a bee-line for Josh, with Leonardo hesitantly following. It was a full on battle of the birds. Tweak attacked Josh, Josh did the same thing he'd done to Leonardo, and Leonardo got in cheap shots biting Josh's butt as he fought with Tweak. In the end, Tweak and Leonardo were both running for the barn, and Josh had a beak full of feathers. Josh stopped at the doorway to the barn, flapped his wings, made a victorious call, and spit out all the feathers, before immediately taking a nice long bath in the new pool.
Before all the hubbub with the ducks, Josh was a naughty goose. He walked along the edge of the container garden and nibbled the stem of my okra plant. I asked him what he was doing. He moved over and nibbled another, smaller plant. Then he moved over and snapped this one right off! Darn it Josh! That wasn't very nice! That's one less Banana Supreme pepper plant. I took the two peppers off and brought them in. They weren't ripe yet, but I hope we can still use them for something.