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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