What's with the ducks?

H No, no, 'e's uh,...he's resting!

You might wonder what the ducks are doing in the manufacturer, and why a duck and ducklings are wandering up to the customs agent in the Registrar Image.

It was suggested in the early days of ANIMA by Michael Richardson that the imprinting process was rather like the Imprinting process process first described by biologist Konrad Lorenz. In the story told in many high school biology classes, ducklings would imprint on whatever looked like a mother at a critical period in their development.

It turns out that more famous people (Stajano and Anderson) had previous suggested exactly that in their 1999 paper, Resurrecting Duckling: security for ad-hoc wireless networks.

Thus ducklings.