LFP Police to the rescue: Ducklings down the drain

Sunday, June 2, 2019

A distressed mother duck stands by the drain.
Two of her babies are below


Photos courtesy LFP Police

On Saturday, June 1, 2019 Lake Forest Park Officer Wieghat was flagged down by a citizen reporting a distressed mother duck standing over a drainage grate.

Mother Duck and citizens stay back and wait

In the murky water deep below the grate were two of her ducklings.

Deep below ground


Officer Wieghat removed the drain cover and climbed down below the street level to fish out the two ducklings and bring them to the surface, and return them to their mother.

Officer Wieghat returns to the surface
with one of the ducklings.

The mother duck was last seen leading all her ducklings towards Lake Washington. 

Mother Duck and four ducklings on their way
to Lake Washington

The drain where they were found was solidly covered, so it is not known where they went in or how long they traveled underground - or how their mother found them to stand vigil.

But they owe their continued existence to concerned citizens and a community police force with a heart.



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