Four ducklings that slipped through a storm drain while dodging traffic have been given a second chance at life. The newly-hatched mallards were discovered by concerned citizens traveling along Del. 141 near Prices Corner on June 18. The Good Samaritans called Tri-State Bird Rescue and enlisted the help of the Elsmere fire department to lift the storm drain and rescue the tiny birds that were running through the drain pipes between sewer openings along the highway.
The ducklings were uninjured, but the mother bird could not be located, so Lyndsey Ayers, a Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research volunteer who helped with the rescue, brought them to the organization's wild bird clinic for expert care until they were old enough to survive on their own. After about six weeks, the birds, along with one additional mallard receiving care, were returned to their rightful place in the wild on July 29..
"Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for ducklings to fall into a storm drain when they are crossing the road. We are grateful to everyone involved who took the time to stop and give wildlife in trouble a helping hand," said Lisa Smith, executive director of the non-profit organization.
Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research is an internationally-recognized, licensed, nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation organization that cares for nearly 3,000 injured, orphaned, and oiled native wild birds each year ranging from hummingbirds to eagles. For more information, visit www.tristatebird.org.