One day, as the woman was on her way to work, she heard the sound of weeping ducklings coming from a drainage tunnel. She then saw the mother duck stranded, sobbing nonstop near the tunnel’s entrance. The mother duck appeared to be pleading for assistance to anybody who would listen as she yearned terribly for her young.
The duck mom wouldn’t give up, and the next day the woman tried to go into the tunnel herself to find the babies, but the water was deep and the tunnel was incredibly dark, so she realized she wasn’t properly equipped to handle the situation.
Instead, she contacted Dan Martin, a local wildlife rescuer, who quickly traveled out to the tunnel in hopes of finding the trapped ducklings.
Martin began wading carefully into the tunnel, trying to follow the sound of the chirping ducklings, and it quickly became clear to him that there was no way the ducklings would ever be able to get out of this situation on their own.
“It soon became apparent why they were trapped inside the tunnel as the opening had a large drop far too high for them to jump up to escape,” Martin told The Dodo. “I can only assume the current had swept them down there.”
After shining a light into the dark for a while, with no idea if he was on the right track or not, Martin finally came across the scared little ducklings, running around the tunnel in a pack, looking for their mom just as frantically as she had been looking for them out on the street.
Sadly, one of the ducklings had not survived, but the other ducklings all appeared to be doing quite fine, so Martin gathered them all up and started walking out of the tunnel.
Martin was thrilled to find the mother duck was still around and patiently awaiting the return of her young as he and the ducklings came out of the drainage tunnel.
When Martin observed the mother duck on a nearby roof, he added, “I got the young fellas into my car and was prepared to travel home to feed them up.” She had not abandoned them.
Wanting to make sure the family would be safe, Martin made sure the mama duck could see her ducklings, and then he led her over to a safe, grassy area away from the road …
… and reunited the ducklings with their worried mom at last.
The family hurried into the bushes as soon as their feet touched the ground, so happy to be back together. The ducklings were so excited to see their mother.
“It was the best feeling,” Martin said.