New York Rescue Crews Save Ducklings in Storm Drain

On any given day, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) treats 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater and provides more than a billion gallons of clean drinking water in the Big Apple. But amidst that massive demand, a couple of DEP workers didn’t mind stopping recently to lend a helping hand to some of the city’s smallest residents.

“Me and my coworkers were flagged down by the NYPD and FDNY,” DEP worker Joe Maresca explains. “We were informed that there were ducklings stuck in a catch basis along with a frantic and confused mother duck. We were happy to help and removed the grate and retrieved the ducklings for the authorities to reunite them with their mom.”

Every spring the fallen duckling syndrome unfolds over and over again in cities, suburbs and rural areas. In only a handful of cases, help arrives in time to save the birds. Animal welfare groups have long wrestled with the best way to prevent these accidents and there has been discussion of a seasonal solution to prevent these tragedies during ‘baby season’ when ducklings, kittens and other small animal offspring are at greatest risk of falling through. While the drains must remain open to catch storm water, some have suggested the use of screens during certain seasons to protect wildlife. Unfortunately, the cost of such a solution and the work to maintain them have been prohibitive.

Mother ducks are often very good at sounding the alarm when their ducklings are in distress, but it’s always a good idea for residents to keep an eye on catch basins in areas frequented by wildlife.

To enjoy more happy endings for animals or to share one of your own, visit the Harmony Fund website.

254 comments

Katherine Wright
Katherine Wright3 years ago

Thank you for doing your due diligence to save these ducklings. It IS nice to see humans who still care enough about others, animals especially, to help someone else in need. Great story!

These guys are true heros! Nice due guys!

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

federico bortoletto

Grazie per il salvataggio.

Nancy Black
Nancy Black3 years ago

An example of doing the right thing, and the rescuers were made of "the right stuff."

B Jackson
BJ J3 years ago

Thanks to the crew for rescuing all the helpless babies.

Jane R.
Jane R3 years ago

It's wonderful that there are still people on earth that care enough to help poor animals in distress.

ER C.
ER C3 years ago

thank you rescue crew !

Claudia Cavallo
Claudia Cavallo3 years ago

you guys a re really heroes now, thanks a lot

Ilona V.
Ilona V3 years ago

A big thanks to the rescue crew. God bless You.

Elizabeth M.
Elizabeth M3 years ago

Job well done Rescue Crew! Thank you for taking the time to rescue this cute ducklings.