We’re not sure what’s happening with what SEEMS like a spike in calls for service related to, ahem, ducklings.
Anyway, we had the incident last week. And now, back to back duckling days. Yesterday one of our officers in the Coachella Valley retrieved a dozen (12!!) ducklings from a pool in Palm Desert. Officer Lisa Boughamer tried to ask the home owner to build a ramp for the ducklings to safely escape their pool plunge. But the homeowner had to leave. She gave Officer Huffman the OK to access the back yard. Officer Huffman arrived and quickly tried to coax the mother duck and the babies out of the pool together, but the water level was too low. He had to retrieve all of the baby ducks himself. As he did, unfortunately, the Mother Duck flew away. The ducklings were transported to the Coachella Valley Wild Bird Center in Indio this morning.
Today’s duckling tale (sorry) was much happier. Officer David Harris retrieved several ducklings – and Momma Duck too – from a storm drain near the city limits of Murrieta. The officer found the mother and her kids inside a storm drain on Evening Glow Drive, near Briggs Road.
Officer Harris then carried the mother and her babies to a natural pond on Benton Road.
There are a few photos attached. More photos are located on our Facebook page: