A duck mother was reunited with her eight tiny babies after falling through the rust of a storm drain over the weekend thanks to the quick thinking of a Massachusetts State Trooper at the weekend.
The incident happened around 9:20 a.m. on Sunday morning when Massachusetts State Trooper Jim Maloney was on patrol and happened to spot eight small ducklings stuck at the bottom of a storm drain – with the mother duck and the only offspring who failed to do so Linger nearby – after somehow breaking up with the family and falling through a grate in the parking lot of Nahant Beach, northeast of Boston.
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Trooper Maloney went into action and called the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), which operates Nahant Beach, to send someone to their site with a crowbar so they could open the heavy gate.
Shortly after Trooper Maloney called to help rescue the captive ducklings, DCR, Nahant and Lynn Animal Control’s Department of Public Works (DPW) came over while the mother, who didn’t want to leave her captive babies behind, watched.
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“Nahant DPW opened the grille and the Lynn Animal Control Officer fished the ducklings with a net from the drain,” said the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) in a statement released on social media. “At that point, her mother had moved to a meadow near the drain to wait. The ducklings were placed in a box and Trooper Maloney placed the box in his cruiser with the heat on to wait for the duck mother to come out of the brush to take her babies back. “
Around 10 a.m. the duck mother and the other baby emerged from the grass and brush, and the babies were removed from the box and placed on the edge of the grass.
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“The mother immediately went to them and together she and her nine babies – the family completely reunited – went back to the grass,” confirmed the MSP.
The social media post published on Sunday has already collected more than 2,000 interactions.
“It is the most basic mission of a state trooper: to help others in a time of crisis and danger. Sometimes the vulnerable cannot speak for themselves. And sometimes they are different,” said the Massachusetts State Police. “A small act in the midst of the huge ongoing health crisis, but for a duck mother and her little babies, it made all the difference in the world. “
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