How To Rescue Baby Ducks

It started with something like this. I didn’t get a photo of the mama duck so I had to take one from the Internet. (Thanks Internet!) As I approached the entrance to my three-story office building and saw a mama duck who was VERY upset. I looked down into the  “terrace” (what amounts to a 10-foot deep dry moat kind of thing that wraps around part of the building) and I saw nine baby ducks with no way for the mama to lead them out of the pit toward food, water, and whatever else they require.

I called the Humane Society who transferred me to a water fowl rehab-ber. She said, “You’ll have to go down there put the babies in a box, and then bring them to me.”

“What about the mom,” I asked.

“I doubt you’ll be able to capture her.”

I called Josh to help. He grumbled something about survival of the fittest and what a dumb duck to build a nest in a pit. I said something like, “Don’t make me tell Eleanor on you!” Suddenly Josh had arrived to help. Then another guy who was in his office watching, decided to help, too. That’s me looking down and directing them. Baby ducks are skedaddlers! I had to say things like, “Quick!  It went that way!” I was helpful.

They could only get six of the nine babies.

They’re cute and all, right? But you’re still worried about the other three babies and the mama, aren’t you?  Well, it’s okay because the Humane Society ended up coming out with a net and getting them all!  Including the mama. They were taken to be released somewhere else and live happily ever after. We can only hope that mama duck won’t return to nest in the same place next year!

Published by jody sparks

Jody Sparks Mugele spent her first career in marketing writing and leading teams of writers and editors. After her son came out as transgender in 2015, she dedicated herself to advocating for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. For two years, she led the Indianapolis regional chapter of PFLAG, a nationally renowned LGBTQ+ advocacy group. She has given many conference talks about parenting trans kids, healthcare in the trans community, and suicidality among LGBTQ+ youth. And with GenderNexus, an Indianapolis-based advocacy organization, she created programming and led support groups to work with parents to help their children through all aspects of gender transition. She recently moved to Northeast Georgia where she is excited to develop opportunities to continue to strongly and proudly advocate for LGBTQ+ members of our society. She also LOVES kitschy Christmas crafting!

6 thoughts on “How To Rescue Baby Ducks

  1. I always miss the fun stuff around here!

    I’m so glad they are ok and the mama is still with her babes. Josh rocks for saving the day.

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