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Lucky Ducks

Seven ducklings are lucky to be alive after being pulled to safety from a storm drain in Ohio by Good Samaritans – but the baby mallards ultimately have their mom to thank for their rescue.

Columbus Discovery District Officer Bill Cobun was passing through a parking lot on the Columbus campus of Columbus State Community College Tuesday when he noticed an agitated duck standing near the grate of a storm drain.

The mallard was squawking as if trying to draw someone’s attention and appeared in distress, so Cobun approached the feathered critter for a closer look, suspecting that she might be ill.

Duck in distress: An agitated mallard was spotted standing near the grate of a storm drain in Columbus, Ohio, and squawking Duck in distress: An agitated mallard was spotted standing near the grate of a storm drain in Columbus, Ohio, and squawking

Stranded: Seven chicks had fallen down into the storm drain in a parking lot on the Columbus campus of Columbus State Community CollegeStranded: Seven chicks had fallen down into the storm drain in a parking lot on the Columbus campus of Columbus State Community College
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Hometown heroes:  Columbus Discovery District Officer Bill Cobun (left) and Police Lt. Dan Werner (right) answered the feathered mom’s distress call and came to her ducklings’ rescue 

When the safety officer made his way to the grate, he heard chirping coming from the underground nook.

As it turns out, the mallard was upset that seven of her chicks had fallen down into the storm drain and became stranded, ABCNews.com reported.

Cobun called for assistance, inadvertently alerting the college’s media relations coordinator David Wayne, who rushed to the scene of the duckling rescue accompanied by a videographer.

Meanwhile, college safety officers and Lt. Dan Werner, of the Columbus State Police, arrived in the parking lot and removed the grate.

The rescue of the trapped ducklings was captured on video showing the officers plucking the fuzzy yellow-and-black chicks from the storm drain and setting them free above ground.

Rescue mission: The officers remobed the grate, reached down into the hole and extracted the tiny trapped ducklings Duck tale: The officers remobed the grate, reached down into the hole and extracted the tiny trapped ducklings
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Freedom: The tiny baby ducks were released from their captivity, rushing to their mother’s side

Happy end: Once the ducks were reunited, they went about their business Happy end: Once the ducks were reunited, they went about their business

The tiny critters could be seen rushing to their mother’s side, one of them even flipping over in his hurry to reunite with his feathered parent.

Lt Werner, a self-described animal lover, said he was thrilled to help save the baby ducks from their predicament.

‘What amazes me is nature, how mama wouldn’t leave. She was staying right here. She kept looking in the hole to make sure they were OK,’ he said.

Once the tight-knit avian family were back together, the mom and her ducklings went on their merry way.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2345558/Lucky-ducks-The-heartwarming-moment-ducklings-fell-storm-drain-rescued-concerned-mother-looks-on.html#ixzz2XDsMFuKf

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Keep Off The Grass

I had to include this lovely little bit of news.  Canada geese seem to bit a little bothersome to those in the city.  But not now for the West Chester in Ohio, USA.

WKEF-TV ABC 22 News :: News - Top Stories - Ohio Park Uses Plastic Coyotes to Keep Geese Away

MetroParks of Butler County has six new employees whose sole job will be to protect the freshly-seeded athletic fields at Voice of America Park from hungry flocks of Canadian geese.

And best of all, MetroParks officials say, they will work for free year-round.

MetroParks recently purchased six life-sized, plastic coyotes for $99 each, assembled them and put them “to work” on Monday. The coyotes will stand guard over the 22 natural grass fields at VOA. Officials say they will serve as a deterrent to the geese who have been munching on the germinating seeds like a free buffet.

New MetroParks “employees” watching over new fields“This team will work throughout the park, freeing existing staff to focus on other activities. Although they may be slow moving, they are very effective and they work cheap,” said Jason Shamblin, Metro Parks deputy director.

“A lot of parks across the nation are using them,” said Kelly Barkley, MetroParks community relations coordinator. “It’s the same idea as a scarecrow in a cornfield. They are very effective.”

Barkley said parks officials could have gone with other alternatives such as sound guns or hiring border collies and handlers to keep the geese at bay. But those options were more costly, she said, and park officials wanted to deal with the wildlife “humanely.”

“We don’t want to harm them (the geese); we just don’t want them eating the grass seed,” Barkley said.

The 400-acre VOA Park in West Chester Twp. is undergoing $3 million in enhancements, including the 22 multipurpose fields for use by local residents, and expected to play host to state and national tournaments. The grass seeds take two full years to reach maturation, Barkley said, and the fields are slated to be ready for recreation and sports such as football, soccer, cricket and field hockey by September 2014.

New MetroParks “employees” watching over new fieldsBarkley said for the coyotes to be effective, park officials will have to move them around from time to time. They may be placed in spots individually, in pairs or a pack of six.

“Geese are smart and will catch on” that they aren’t real if we don’t, she said.

Barkley said park officials wanted visitors to be aware of the new additions, because they could be mistaken for live animals.

Source: http://www.journal-news.com/news/news/new-metroparks-employees-watching-over-new-fields/nW92x/