Cal Poly police on Wednesday helped rescue a different breed of rowdy youngsters — ducklings that fell into a campus storm drain.
As a mother duck waddled across campus with her flock in tow, she crossed a storm drain, causing the ducklings to fall through, Deputy Chief Brenda Trobaugh said.
University police and grounds crew members who observed the situation were able to open the drain cover and rescue the ducklings, Trobaugh said. She said they then subdued the flustered mother duck and released the whole family into a nearby reservoir.
Video footage taken of the release shows the ducklings emerging from the bucket used for their rescue and reuniting with their mother in the water. Trobaugh said the trapped ducklings wouldn’t have been able to get out of the drain on their own and likely would have died without help.
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“It was a nice thing to be able to do,” Trobaugh said. “We don’t get to do those things very often.”