BROOKFIELD, Conn. -- Members of the Brookfield police and public works departments worked together to rescue a brood of ducklings that had fallen into a storm drain Friday morning.
The Brookfield police were alerted by a passing motorist who saw what she thought was an injured female duck atop a grate for a storm drain along Route 133 in front of St. Joseph’s School, according to officials.
When the motorist approached, she discovered the mother duck was standing guard over her brood of 11 ducklings, all of whom had fallen through the grate, about 8 feet below, police said.
The concerned woman called 911 and Brookfield police were dispatched; once on scene, police called the Brookfield Public Works Department.
Police officers and public works personnel removed grates from atop the storm drains and were able to rescue the ducklings, police said.
The ducklings were placed into a box and released on the lawn next to the school playground. Within minutes of being released, the mother duck was on the ground and leading her brood across the driveway and safely into the woods bordering the school, according to officials.
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