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Duckling dilema

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.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LEXIE63 5/16/2012 5:52AM

    Awesome! Great work on that Mechanic's part! :-)
I was utterly surprised on my way to the shops on Monday, to spot three mallard ducks sitting on the front lawn of a house in the estate I walk through, having a rest in the rain. :-) I remember thinking, 'great weather for ducks', and then there they were! LOL

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CANDOK1260 5/8/2012 10:21AM

    great job love this saving duckling

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HOUNDLOVER1 5/7/2012 12:26PM

    We have baby ducklings right now (domestic ducks), mama brooded out 8 of them and it's hard to keep them all safe. We keep them in a completely enclosed pen at night to keep them safe from predators and even during the day try to keep an eye on them when they are out. I can't wait until they are old enough to not fit through the 2 by 4 mesh fence any more and get away from mama duck.
Enjoy them while you can, they are precious emoticon


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Q8PRINCESS 5/7/2012 7:59AM

    So cute - any pictures? Nice guy from TILE

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KAYDE53 5/6/2012 8:59PM

    That's neat! I'm glad the guys were able to rescue them & cared to do so!! emoticon emoticon

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