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Police, citizens rescue 6 ducks from storm drain
Police, citizens rescue 6 ducks from storm drain

A local man and police were able to help several ducklings escape a storm drain and reunite with their mother Wednesday morning.

Monona police Lt. Frank Fenton said two officers were called to the Starbucks on Monona Drive for a report of baby ducks stuck in a sewer drain at about 7:30 a.m. The caller told police the ducks in the drain could be heard squawking from the street.

Fenton said a man named Fred, a citizen who happened to be in the area, climbed into the storm drain and handed six baby ducks one-by-one to Monona patrol officers Jeremy Winge and Vicki Peterson. Fenton said in this case it was the citizen who really saved the critters, since they called and it was Fred who went down into the drain. 

Fenton said three other ducklings in the storm drain were not pulled out because they swam further into the sewer and could not be reached.

The other six rescued ducks were returned to the mother duck, who was nearby at the waterline.

Fenton said calls about water fowl stuck in drains or walking along roadways are common.

"We probably get a couple (calls) a year because the ducklings go into the sewer grates .. and the mother hovers around the sewer grid," Fenton said.

It took about 40 minutes to pull the babies out, Fenton said.

Two other citizens helped in the duck rescue.

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