Sunday, May 06, 2012
I have said before that I work at a Walmart in my town. We have a retention pond behind our store that is home to three pair of ducks. The females build their nests in the enclosed area. This year one of the females decided to build her nest outside of the fence, and the drama it caused.
We have behind our store two chain link enclosures where we store empty containers going back to vendors. These enclosures have the webbing in them to hide the clutter inside. One of our female ducks decided that between this enclosure and the fence of the retention pond was the perfect place for her nest. We kept close watch on her to make sure that she and the eggs were safe. Then one day it appeared that something had attacked the nest and destroyed the eggs. We saw the female walking about, quacking noisly.
One of the mechanics from our TLE (Tire, Lube Express) saw mama duck hanging around one of the storm drains and became curious. He looked down inside the drain and low and behold there were six ducklings. He contacted the TLE and had another tech come help him and they were able to rescue six ducklings. Mama duck was very pleased with that and led her charges under the fence into the enclosed retention pond. We now watch them every morning paddling around behind their mama.