Rescue Team Plucks Ducklings from Storm Drain

A family of ducks is reunited, thanks to the efforts of an interdepartmental Bedford rescue squad on Middlesex Turnpike Saturday morning.

The initial report came into dispatch from a Billerica police office who saw ducklings disappear into a storm drain near the Village at Taylor Pond apartments.

Bedford Fire Department Lt. Mark Daly and Firefighters Demarko Cabral, Christopher Gonzalez, and Carla Sahrbeck, along with Bedford Police Officer David Lopez and Mike Wilson from the Bedford Department of Public Works all responded.

“We heard them squealing in the drain,” Gonzalez recounted. The team removed the grates from drains on the curb and on the median, and used a net to scoop out about a half-dozen ducklings, some of whom were in water eight feet down.

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They were delivered to the drainage pond next to the apartments, where their mother broke away from her remaining brood to greet each wayward child individually, Sahrbeck reported.

The ducklings pulled from the grate were safely reunited with their mother near the Village at Taylor Pond complex. Courtesy Image.
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Judi Babcock
May 1, 2023 9:13 pm

Great story and photo!

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