Oh, the lengths to which we go for our furry and feathered friends! In California, for instance, rescue trainees run around on the beach chasing mechanical, four-wheeled ducks around with big blue nets. Because nature, that's why.

The folks at California's WildRescue have instituted this unfamiliar training program to build a team of wildlife rescuers, people who can respond quickly and appropriately to injured wild animal sightings. This is a good cause! Sure, the methodology may lead to silly pictures like this one:

But it saves the lives of a few friendly fowl, it's okay by me. [WildRescue via SFist]