On a recent trip to the public San Anton Gardens in Malta I came across 8-9 incredibly cute ducklings. The responsible parents where the resident pair of Muscovy Ducks. They were quite willing to pose for the cameras and they weren’t too afraid to come close either.

The Muscovy duck is actually native to Mexico and other parts of Central and South America. Inevitably, one has to ask himself how it ended up in a public garden on a tiny Mediterranean Island. But I leave that to someone else to answer 🙂

The public gardens of San Anton Palace have been open to the public since 1882 and owe their origin to the Knight Antoine de Paule, a French knight who was elected 54tth Grand Master of the Order of St. John in 1623. Since 1974 San Anton Palace is the Official residence of the President of Malta.