Thursday, October 26, 2006
"Everybody into the Pond!" 2nd Annual Duck Rescue
Last fall, we had to rescue 3 Pekin ducks [the large white ducks] from the pond down the block. Someone had dumped them and because this breed can't fly, they would have been left behind when the mallards flew off. They never would have made it through the winter.
It was a fun two-day rescue, with people having to jump into the pond and then rustle up the ducks when they waddled into the nearby prarie plantings. We were so happy when a wonderful couple from Indiana adopted all three ducks as pets.
Fast forward to a week ago, when we get a phone call from someone at Indian Boundary Park: someone has dumped another white duck and can we rescue it?
That's when we started planning what is turning out to be our annual duck rescue. But before we could spring into action [and the pond], Mike and Tim--assistant manager and animal steward from the shelter--walked over to the pond and --OK, after a little splashing around in the water--brought back Frederick the duck. Another day's work, another duck saved.
And we're happy to report that the Indiana couple are coming the first week of November to pick up Frederick! Until he's swimming around in a small plastic "pond" in the shelter's office.