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Police, DPW make way for ducklings trapped in Havre de Grace storm drain

Havre de Grace, which bills itself as "The Decoy Capital of the World," is getting attention for some real ducks for a change.

Recently, 10 ducklings were discovered they fell into a storm drain, the Havre de Grace Police Department reported Thursday. All but one were successfully rescued.

And, earlier this week, Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company firefighters and paramedics were called upon to rescue another raft of young webfeet from a drain in a local business park.

Saved from the drains

Havre de Grace Police officers responded to the 1000 block of Pulaski Highway at about 5:20 p.m. on April 28, where they saw the ducklings inside the drain with their parents "anxiously waddling nearby," Havre de Grace Police spokesman Ofr. Jeff Gilpin wrote in a news release.

The officers called David Morrill, a city public works employee, who quickly responded to the scene.

"After a few tense moments and after a being pecked at least twice by the ducklings, Mr. Morrill was able to retrieve the ducklings," Gilpin wrote. "Unfortunately, one of the ducklings refused to be rescued, escaping in a narrow pipe that prohibited further rescue operations."

A photograph taken during the rescue shows Morrill climbing into the drain after the grate was removed.

"The rescued ducklings were checked for injuries and then released to the custody of their parent ducks in good health," Gilpin said. "The mallard family left the area with much rejoicing and quacking."

A dark and stormy night...

The Abingdon firefights carried out their duckling rescue on Tuesday night, the Harford County Volunteer Fire & EMS Association said.

The company got a call about ducklings in a storm drain at about 7 p.m. from the mini-warehouses in the Emmorton Business Park near the I-95/Route 24 interchange.

Personnel went out and were able to carefully rescue 11 ducklings from the storm drain, the association reported on its Facebook page. 

"They were taken to a nearby pond and released," spokesman Rich Gardiner said Thursday.

In addition to the duckling rescues, firefighters from Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company rescued a baby fox from and Edgewood storm drain on April 30. The fox pup was later euthanized for fear of rabies, however.

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