Good samaritans reunite mama duck with her babies

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – It was a happy ending to a fowl situation near Jefferson Pointe mall in Fort Wayne Saturday morning.

Seven ducklings were rescued from the storm drain near Jefferson Pointe Saturday.
Seven ducklings were rescued from the storm drain near Jefferson Pointe Saturday.
Derek Potts and Heather Dahman rescue ducklings from a storm drain near Jefferson Pointe mall.
Derek Potts and Heather Dahman rescue ducklings from a storm drain near Jefferson Pointe mall.

Patty Taylor was on her way to her traditional Saturday morning breakfast with Connie Erck at Panera Bread, when she saw a duck acting strangely near the storm drain on Apple Glen Boulevard by the Chick-fil-A. It looked like the duck was trying to get through the grate.

Taylor stopped and heard the peeps of ducklings trapped down below. She called Erck and had her bring a crowbar with her so they could get the grate off.

Heather Dahman and Derek Potts were both just driving by and stopped to help. Potts, who was in town from Camp Atterbury in Edinburgh for a brief trip to take the test to become a Fort Wayne police officer, went into the sewer to rescue seven ducklings.ducklings

The mama duck disappeared during the commotion of pulling the babies out, but when the ducklings were released back into the retention pond, they were quickly reunited.

Watch the video above to see the rescue and reunion. Photos and video clips were taken by Connie Erck.

Derek Potts with the ducklings he helped rescue.
Derek Potts with the ducklings he helped rescue.
Patty Taylor and Derek Potts lift off the storm drain grate to get ducklings out from the bottom.
Patty Taylor and Derek Potts lift off the storm drain grate to get ducklings out from the bottom.
Derek Potts with the ducklings he helped rescue.
Derek Potts with the ducklings he helped rescue.
Derek Potts hands a duckling to Heather Dahman.
Derek Potts hands a duckling to Heather Dahman.

 

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