My Duck Story...

  1. Just wanted to share my experience from this morning with all of you animal lovers...

    I work downtown and a mama duck made her nest outside our building in a large planter. We have a river that goes through downtown and our building isn't too far from the river. I've been feeding and watering mama duck for about a month while she nested on her eggs. Our building manager even put a sign out cautioning people that she was in there.

    Last night when I left work I discovered that the eggs were beginning to hatch. Around 9:00 p.m. I came back downtown to check on them since I live just a couple miles away. I was so worried about them last night that I hardly slept at all. In order for her to get to the river she was going to have to cross four lanes of traffic and I was afraid she'd try it overnight and get hit.

    When I came in this morning she and the ducklings were still there. Our receptionist went down to get our mail about a half hour after I arrived and she ran in to tell me that they were all gone. She said that she could hear them peeping but that she didn't know where they were. I rushed downstairs with one of my coworkers and we found them splashing around in a puddle in the parking lot.

    From there, I guided her to the river. I STOPPED TRAFFIC for her and the babies and I actually walked them all the way to the water. She didn't want to go down the ramp on the east side of the river so I ended up walking her across the bridge and down to the water. I was amazed by how much she trusted me because she let me pick the babies up a few times when they couldn't get up the curb or down a steep area.

    Thankfully, mama and here nine ducklings made it safe into the river. Needless to say, I ended up requesting a half personal day seeing that I got absolutely nothing done this morning. I just had to make sure they made it over okay! Here are some photos from our journey:

    From last night, when they were a couple hours old:

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    Starting in the puddle:

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  2. awwwww . . . that's freaking adorable!
    you get a gold star for taking care of them and being their crossing guard. :yes:
     
  3. Awww, so adorable! Mama duck and babies are so cute!
    It is wonderful to know there are people like you in this world.
     
  4. You are so sweet to do that! The pictures of the babies and the mama duck are so cute!! I hope they stay safe and don't try to cross the street on their own!

    I rescued ducklings from train tracks last spring, they were so cute and SOFT!!! Lol, wanted to take one home but we reunited the babies with their mom.
     
  5. What a great story and pics!!!
    Im so happy to hear mama and her babies are safe and happy.
    What a sweet person you are!:heart:
     
  6. How crazy! I was just reading this to DH and he saw the same thing earlier this week in our town! You are a blessed soul for helping these little guys out!!! How neat!! Have a great weekend!
     
  7. AAAWWW that is a great story & cute pics too
     
  8. I am so glad you were able to help! That was so wonderful. Thanks for sharing your story and the photos.
     
  9. You are a total sweetheart! A true angel! :yes: What a kind caring soul you have. God bless you and those ADORABLE babies & their mama!:smile::heart:
     
  10. nice story and cute pics :tup: u are so sweet!
     
  11. awww I love it!! you are awesome!!!
     
  12. Wait, you're not in MQT are you??? I was talking to a friend last night who witnessed the same thing in our downtown.
     
  13. Thanks, everyone! :yes:

    I really don't think I did anything too wonderful, though. I'm just wired that way when it comes to animals. Most women have a strong maternal instinct and have a natural nurturing way when it comes to children. Not me - my nurturing instincts are toward animals!!
     
  14. I thought the same exact thing! I couldn't believe how soft they were!! :tender:

    That's awesome that you rescued ducklings from train tracks and got them back to their mama!
     
  15. I am not sure what MQT means, so I am going to guess that I don't live there -- LOL. I am in Grand Rapids, Michigan.