Last night Valerie responded to a call for help from Misty in a community off Losco Road in Mandarin. Three ducklings had fallen into a storm drain and she and and her neighbors Richard and Melody had been attempting to rescue them since Thursday morning. This was scary news to Valerie, as temperatures were going to be in the 30's Friday night and ducklings depend on momma for warmth. Together in the dark, Valerie, Misty, Melody and Richard coaxed the one remaining duckling out of the drain tube it was hiding in and were able to net him. Misty volunteered to keep him warm under a heat lamp through the night and then to reunite him with momma and siblings this morning.
Ducklings often get into this kind of trouble and here are a few tips for attempting a rescue ...
1. when pulling the storm grate aside ALWAYS SLIDE IT ALONG THE TRACKS it is resting on. if you pull it the wrong way, it will fall into the storm box!
2. take a photo of momma duck who is usually around. this helps you return the ducklings to the proper momma once rescued.
3. record momma's distress calls and the sounds of the ducklings peeping in the storm drain. playing this recording lures the frightened ducklings out of the storm pipes and into the storm box where they can be netted
4. once you know which pipe the ducklings are hiding in ... BLOCK OFF THE EMPTY PIPES using cardboard, towels, screens --be creative. this assures the ducklings wont scatter in various directions and allows you to trap them in the storm box once the recording draws them out of the pipe they are hiding in. as soon as the ducklings swim out into sight FIRST BLOCK OFF THE PIPE THEY SWAM OUT OF SO THEY CANT RETREAT AGAIN, and then worry about netting them.