Recently in Washington, DC, at the intersection between 12th Street and Main Avenue to be exact, an all-out rescue took place.
But it didn’t involve cats or dogs.
In fact, a mama duck tried taking her babies across the busy street. But while mama made it across just fine, her babies weren’t so lucky.
They escaped being hit by vehicles, thank goodness, but as they walked across in a line behind mama, one by one fell through the grate of a storm drain.
Thank goodness they were ducks, so they weren’t in danger of drowning. But they were still in a great deal of trouble!
Mama Duck stayed close by, quacking her distress signal to anyone who would listen. And listen they did because soon help arrived.
D.C.’s Fire and EMS, Animal Care and Control, the police department, and even the Water and Sewer Authority all came to the rescue of the endangered baby ducks.
However, when they realized they couldn’t remove the cover to the storm drain, everyone was stumped for a bit.
Then someone suggested using a net with a long handle to catch and pluck each baby up to ground level.
And it worked!
One by one, the babies ascended, nestled into a soft net guided by caring hands.
Quite a bit different than when the ground so abruptly dropped away beneath them earlier!
It took about a half an hour for the rescue to be completed.
Finally, one of the rescuers took the pet carrier holding the eight fuzzy babies to a grassy spot where their mother was waiting.
After counting them carefully and making sure not a single feather had been harmed, mama “got her ducks in a row” and led them away.
This time, with everyone staying in formation and not disappearing suddenly from sight! 😀