More proof that being kind to ducks is AWESOME.

The only thing cooler than the freezing water this guy jumped into, is the incredible act of kindness that came straight after.


LAST UPDATED: 9 January 2017

We will never get tired of seeing people being kind to ducks (or being kind full stop, actually). And one kind act inspires another. So when incredible pictures emerged of a kind man coming to the aid of a duck caught under ice, we knew it was a story that needed to be told.

Lars Jørun Langøien was amongst a sports academy group who had arrived for their weekly bathing session in the freezing waters of Sognsvann Lake, Norway. They noticed a small duck nearby, who had been crossing the ice before diving into an unfrozen area of the lake. The group watched on as the time passed, and the duck didn't re-surface — he had become trapped under ice. The poor bird struggled to find his way out before appearing to just give up ... and this was when Lars sprung into action. Take a look at these incredible pictures to see what happened next:

Lars spotted the duck struggling under the ice
Photo by Yngvil Søholt via VG News

... and ran into the freezing water, breaking the ice to help him escape
Photo by Yngvil Søholt via VG News
Only when the duck was safely out of the water, did he drag himself out
Photo by Yngvil Søholt via VG News

TLC (Towel, love and care) was applied
Photo by Yngvil Søholt via VG News

... and after some mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, the duck was revived
Photo by Yngvil Søholt via VG News

Resulting in one of the best happy ending pics we've seen all year!
Photo by Yngvil Søholt via VG News

Lars reportedly did what he did because, "It felt like the right thing to do" (spoken like a true hero!)

His heroic act is one of many to have taken the world by storm. And this video compilation of kind people rescuing ducks was viewed over 100 million times! Is it any wonder? Kindness to animals happens every single day -- but when we are lucky enough that it is caught on camera, that one kind act can have a ripple effect … potentially inspiring millions.

Here's an idea: if, for every kind act we see, we in turn performed another kind act … could you imagine the impact that would have?

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