Thursday, May 5, 2016 | NHS Staff
On Thursday, May 5th, Nebraska Humane Society Animal Control Officers received a call about ducklings that had fallen into a storm sewer near 86th and Dodge. Several eyewitnesses reported that the momma duck had been traveling eastbound in the grass with her brood when a hawk swooped down on them. Pandemonium ensued. Momma tried to herd her babies to safety, but she crossed a storm grate and the kids fell in.
As she paced nervously around the drain to keep watch, a nearby construction crew drew closer, hoping their presence would keep the hawk at bay. Momma was diligent, not leaving her post.
It was a team effort to safely retrieve the ducklings. The construction crew helped lift the drain cover, and Mark Ross and Steve Brand from the City of Omaha Public Works Department gently swooshed water into the drain, drifting the babies into waiting nets held by NHS animal control officers.
Once the ducklings and mom were contained, they were all taken to Regency Lake where they were reunited and released out of harms way.