Lake Visitor Helps Duckling Trapped in Muck to Rejoin Its Family

 

Written by Lynette Ridder of California

I am so glad I decided to walk by Lake Merritt one recent afternoon. I came across a mother duck and her offspring. Momma was starting to swim away with her four kids when I noticed a fifth duckling. He was peeping his little head off and not following her. That’s when I noticed his foot was stuck in the muck and some seaweed. He was about 2 ˝ to 3 feet down from me.

Needless to say, my heart went out to the little guy and I couldn’t just leave him to his fate, so I went looking for a long stick.  I found one, went back, laid down on the ground leaning over the edge and tried to free his foot, but it wasn’t easy. He was really stuck. All the while people were walking and jogging by probably thinking I was a crazy person. Anyway, I tried to free his foot, but didn’t have a good reach, and it was stuck even worse than I thought. I needed a longer stick.

I found one and managed to get it way under the muck where his foot was and finally freed him. By this time his mom and siblings were out of sight, but I needed to get him back to them, so I walked in the direction where I saw them paddle off to and he followed alongside me peeping all the way. After a few minutes, we finally spotted them and he was reunited with his momma and siblings.

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170 comments

Paul & Carole D.
Carole D.3 years ago

Aw, who cared what others thought? You did the kind thing. I believe there is a special place in "Heaven," for those who take the time and trouble to help others.

Pushpraj Singh
Pushpraj Singh3 years ago

$ 10 donated as promised!
Love from India :-)

Darla G.
Darla G.3 years ago

Thanks for saving this little guy. I think he thought you were "mom" since he followed you!

Waheeda Smith
Waheeda S.3 years ago

Thank you for helping this little guy!! :)

Claudia Cavallo
Claudia Cavallo3 years ago

How I understand this person. Two years ago I found a little duck all by hinself, he was only a few days old, I reaised him up at home and then at my parent's house where he lived free and happy until last Christmas when he died and i cried all Christmas day. Titti as so cute and I miss him a lot

Claudia Cavallo
Claudia Cavallo3 years ago

How I understand this person. Two years ago I found a little duck all by hinself, he was only a few days old, I reaised him up at home and then at my parent's house where he lived free and happy until last Christmas when he died and i cried all Christmas day. Titti as so cute and I miss him a lot

Virginia G.

Thank you for caring about this beautiful baby. I know that it is extremely rewarding when one does something like this. The strangest thing is the more rescues you do - the more situations call for rescue which nobody else seems to notice. I rescue anything and everything and love all the creatures. Thanks again - for this little duck your kind gesture gave him his life.

Beverly G.
bev G.3 years ago

THATS SO KIND

Sheri D.
Sheri D.3 years ago

Thanks for saving the duckling and reuniting him with his mom.

Carrie Anne Brown

great story thanks for sharing :)