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May 25, 2016

The Quack Squad On The Hunt In South Africa

The Quack Squad On The Hunt In South Africa

Each day, a quack squad of killer ducks are released for the first of two sorties at South Africa's Vergenoegd wine farm in Stellenbosch. Their mission - seek and destroy thousands of pests out to ruin the season's harvest. Fanning out across the vineyards, some 1,000 Indian Runner ducks hone in on their hidden targets with uncanny precision, locating the tiny white dune snails feasting on budding vines.

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A farmworker stacks boxes of wine for sale at the Vergenoegd wine estate near Cape Town, South Africa, May 20, 2016. Each day, a quack squad of killer ducks are released for the first of two sorties at South Africa's Vergenoegd wine farm in Stellenbosch. Their mission - seek and destroy thousands of pests out to ruin the season's harvest. Fanning out across the vineyards, some 1,000 Indian Runner ducks hone in on their hidden targets with uncanny precision, locating the tiny white dune snails feasting on budding vines. MIKE HUTCHINGS/REUTERS

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A farmworker carries a box of Runner Duck wine past barrels at the Vergenoegd wine estate near Cape Town, South Africa, May 20, 2016. MIKE HUTCHINGS/REUTERS

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A line of Indian Runner Ducks walk past farm buildings at the Vergenoegd wine estate near Cape Town, South Africa, May 18, 2016. MIKE HUTCHINGS/REUTERS

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A group of Indian Runner ducks march past farm buildings at the Vergenoegd wine estate near Cape Town, South Africa, May 11, 2016. MIKE HUTCHINGS/REUTERS

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Indian Runner ducks head to the vineyards at the Vergenoegd wine estate near Cape Town, South Africa, May 16, 2016. MIKE HUTCHINGS/REUTERS

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Indian Runner ducks march past farm buildings at the Vergenoegd wine estate near Cape Town, South Africa, May 19, 2016. MIKE HUTCHINGS/REUTERS

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Indian Runner ducks march past farm buildings at the Vergenoegd wine estate near Cape Town, South Africa, May 16, 2016. MIKE HUTCHINGS/REUTERS

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A group of Indian Runner ducks march towards a farm dam at a vineyard at the Vergenoegd wine estate near Cape Town, South Africa, May 12, 2016. MIKE HUTCHINGS/REUTERS

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Indian Runner ducks are seen at a vineyard at the Vergenoegd wine estate near Cape Town, South Africa, May 16, 2016. MIKE HUTCHINGS/REUTERS

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An Indian Runner duck dries off after a swim at a vineyard at the Vergenoegd wine estate near Cape Town, South Africa, May 18, 2016. MIKE HUTCHINGS/REUTERS

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An Indian Runner duck is seen through leaves at a vineyard at the Vergenoegd wine estate near Cape Town, South Africa, May 16, 2016. MIKE HUTCHINGS/REUTERS

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Indian Runner ducks walk through a vineyard at the Vergenoegd wine estate near Cape Town, South Africa, May 16, 2016. MIKE HUTCHINGS/REUTERS

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Indian Runner ducks walk through a vineyard at the Vergenoegd wine estate near Cape Town, South Africa, May 16, 2016. MIKE HUTCHINGS/REUTERS

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A pair of Indian Runner ducks are seen at a vineyard at the Vergenoegd wine estate near Cape Town, South Africa, May 11, 2016. MIKE HUTCHINGS/REUTERS

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A group of Indian Runner ducks march past farm buildings at the Vergenoegd wine estate near Cape Town, South Africa, May 11, 2016. MIKE HUTCHINGS/REUTERS

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Indian Runner ducks are seen at a vineyard at the Vergenoegd wine estate near Cape Town, South Africa, May 16, 2016. MIKE HUTCHINGS/REUTERS

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Morning sun shines on vineyards at the Vergenoegd wine estate near Cape Town, South Africa, May 20, 2016. MIKE HUTCHINGS/REUTERS

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