BROOKFIELD, Conn. -- Members of the Brookfield Police and Public Works Departments worked together Friday morning to rescue of a brood of ducklings that had fallen into a storm drain on Route 133 in front of St. Joseph School in Brookfield.
All 11 ducklings were successfully rescued and reunited with their mother.
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 School.
When she approached the duck, she discovered that the mother duck was standing guard over her brood of 11 ducklings, all of whom had fallen through the grate, approximately 8 feet below, and the ducklings were calling for their mother.
The concerned woman called 911 for help and Brookfield police were dispatched to the call for assistance. Once on the scene, the police called for public works department assistance.
Police officers and Public Works personnel removed grates from atop the storm drains and Brookfield Police Officer Chris Campbell and Public Works Driver Andy Lyle were each able to rescue the ducklings from storm drains on either side of Route 133.
The rescued 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.