Note to all news reporters: always check that your mic is turned OFF before starting conversations with disagreeable ducks.
Reporter Blake Stevens from WPSD Local 6 didn't know his mic was still active when he came across a cute duck. Lucky for us, his photographer was still rolling and caught their meeting on camera.
Blake uses all his on-camera charm to try to earn a spot on the duck's good side, but the web-footed bird wasn't interested.
"Friend, friend! Hello! Only love. Get yourself right here."
HOT MIC MOMENT: That moment your photographer keeps rolling and you're trying to befriend a duck. Also, this is how I talk to all animals. Don't judge me.
Posted by Blake Stevens - WPSD Local 6 on Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Despite Blake's earnest attempts at friendship, the duck waddles off toward greener grass. Stevens was obviously caught jilted on camera, but he isn't worried about being embarrassed. He posted the video to Facebook saying:
"That moment your photographer keeps rolling and you're trying to befriend a duck. Also, this is how I talk to all animals. Don't judge me."
The video has been shared over 4,000 times, and people can't help but laugh with Stevens about his awkward encounter. He's happy to embrace his love for animals, and he's earned a few thousand more fans because of it.
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Stevens graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2015, and he's achieved his goal of being a part of an award-winning news team at WPSD. He says getting to know the community and getting out there to ask the tough questions are the best parts of the job, but we think mingling with local wildlife is also high on his list.
When Stevens isn't behind the camera or attempting to befriend ducks that want nothing to do with him, he's spending time with his dog, Parker.
Did you laugh at this reporter's attempts at friendship? Let us know in the comments.
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