In the classic children’s book “Make Way For the Ducklings,” Boston police stop traffic so eight young ducklings and their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mallard, can cross a number of busy streets to the Boston Public Garden, where they make themselves a permanent home.
Robert McCloskey’s picture book was published in 1941. Here are some more recent duckling rescues in video form. No one (not just humans) can resist helping out ducklings.
1. A Parks Worker Does the Right Thing
Nine ducklings are rescued out of a fountain with too little water, though the mother duck is not so pleased at seeing the rescuer handling her brood.
3. New Jersey Firefighters Rescue a Lucky Thirteenth Duckling
A passerby and his daughter saw a mother duck and a dozen ducklings and realized that another was stuck in a storm drain. Firefighters from Mantua, New Jersey, came to the thirteenth duckling’s aid.
4. Another Storm Drain Save
You don’t always need emergency personnel to make a duckling’s day. Ten baby ducks were safely brought out of a sewer drain in a California community by the residents.
5. Pools Aren’t Duckling-friendly
Just because they can swim doesn’t mean ducklings can always find their way around a body of water. Some ducklings had been in a neighborhood swimming pool for hours before rescuers used a pool net to help them out.
6. Los Angeles Drivers Brake For a Duckling
Traffic in LA came to a halt so one little duckling could make its way to safety.
7. An Extra Step Makes a Difference
A flock of ducklings are able to make it onto the sidewalk after someone gives them a (literal) step up.
8. Mother Duck Saves Her Stuck Duckling
9. Eight Ducklings Saved From Australia’s Rough Waters
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