Ducks

Group of ducklings rescued by police in Normal Thurs. evening

2013-04-25T20:24:00Z 2013-04-25T21:34:20Z Group of ducklings rescued by police in Normal Thurs. eveningBy Roger Miller | rmiller@pantagraph.com pantagraph.com

NORMAL — Thanks to the patient effort of Normal police officers, a tense family drama ended happily Thursday. Eight ducklings were fished out of a storm sewer and reunited with their obviously distraught parents.

“It’s a happy ending — and it’s a tight squeeze down there,” a slightly muddy Officer Mitchell Wilson said, pointing to a manhole cover along Northtown Road near Boulder Drive.

Passing pedestrians called police at 5:51 p.m. when they saw two distraught ducks near a storm drain and heard the frantic peeping coming up through the nearby manhole cover. After a check with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, police asked McLean County Animal Control for a net to try to fish out the youngsters.

Net in hand, Wilson climbed into the storm sewer about 7 p.m. with the help of Officer Melissa Zabukovec. With only his head and shoulders aboveground, he finally coaxed the little ones into his net.

Zabukovec then carried them to the edge of a farm field and released them. They huddled until their parents, who had been watching anxiously from a distance, flew back in.

The reunited family formed a line and waddled across Northtown, braving an oncoming car. After the little ones struggled to hop the curb, they headed over a berm to the safety of a pond.

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(6) Comments

  1. Enough Already
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    Enough Already - April 26, 2013 2:52 pm
    What a sweet little story. Kind of nice to read about something with a happy ending for a change.
  2. wswsr
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    wswsr - April 26, 2013 11:22 am
    get the camo and caller out
  3. EarlThePearl
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    EarlThePearl - April 26, 2013 9:44 am
    Only 5 more months until the start of duck season!
  4. Newsworthy
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    Newsworthy - April 26, 2013 9:17 am
    Way to go Normal! What a cute story!
  5. ct
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    ct - April 26, 2013 3:46 am
    They forgot the PR department putting a call in...
  6. Luckycharm
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    Luckycharm - April 25, 2013 10:30 pm
    Sweet!
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