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Ducks in danger? Rescuers swoop in

Doesn't matter why mom and her ducklings crossed the road; they're safe now


When Becky Cartier saw a mother and children in danger Monday, she didn’t hesitate for a second.

“I was driving south on Boones Ferry Road and as I took a left on Willow Lane, I noticed a mama duck and three ducklings trying to cross the road,” the Lake Oswego resident says.

Yes, we’re talking about a mother duck and her ducklings. Jeff Leeman saw the imperiled family, too.

“I was doing a test drive for Les Schwab and I saw this lady in some bushes crouched over and running around,” Leeman says.

Herding ducks in heavy traffic is not an easy task, but together Leeman and Cartier got the birds to a safe place. “We got the mama and three ducklings across the road to the water where they were attempting to go,” Cartier says.

As Cartier and Leeman frantically tried to herd the ducks out of danger, drivers had to slam on their brakes. But they soon realized what was happening.

“They were all laughing and clapping,” Cartier says. “They were all smiling and waving and so patient. We have lots of good people around here.”

Cartier and Leeman hadn’t even had time to congratulate each other when they heard “all this peeping” coming from a storm drain. They looked down and saw seven more ducklings trapped below.

Leeman got the grate off the storm drain while a “very nice lady” called the City of Lake Oswego. An experienced duck-rescue crew showed up and completed the mission.

“We have a smelt dipping net,” says Jim Bateman, superintendent of the city street and surface water department. “We gently dip the ducks up and put them in a plastic container.”

Soon, all 11 ducks were swimming around the pond by Willow Lane as if nothing had happened. However, this story doesn’t quite have an “all’s well that ends well” conclusion.

“I was driving to work Tuesday morning and I saw four ducks on Boones Ferry,” Leeman says. “It was a whole different group.”

Contact Cliff Newell at 503-636-1281 ext. 105 or cnewell@lakeoswegoreview.com.

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