Make Way for Ducklings
Sue--not her real name--had just turned into Oak Valley Centre, on her way to meet a friend for an early Sunday breakfast, when she saw the ducklings disappear. Fortuitously, she's a volunteer with the Bird Center of Washtenaw County, and she carries the essential rescue tools--a net, laundry basket, and towels--in her car.
But first, she needed someone to help her lift that heavy grate. Looking toward her destination, Alpha Koney Island, she saw a furniture truck parked outside--and the movers inside, eating breakfast. She went right up to their table and asked, "Can I have a little help here?"
They got up, followed her out, and lifted the grating. Net in hand, she climbed down into "an inch of yucky slime." Among the "frogs, giant worms, and cigarette butts" she found just two of the ducklings. She brought them up and coddled them in towels in the basket. There were six more still down there somewhere.
She called the Pittsfield Township fire department. "They came right away ... and knew just what to do," she says. Parking their truck a couple of inlets upstream, the firefighters gently ran water down the pipe--flushing all six remaining ducklings into her net, alive and well.