A Quick Response from a State Trooper
The incident happened on a Sunday morning as Jim Maloney was on patrol. He discovered the ducklings as they were stuck inside the storm drain. The mother duck — along with a single duckling — was lingering nearby, which caught Jim’s attention. These two were somehow separated from the rest of the family as they fell through the grate over a storm drain in a parking lot of Nahant Beach, which is located in northeast Boston.
Reuniting the Ducklings With Their Mom
Within a short time, there were workers from the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Nahant’s Department of Public Works (DPW) — along with Lynn Animal Control — all on the scene. They were all called by the State Trooper to help reunite the ducklings with their mother, who wouldn’t leave the scene with her babies trapped.
The DPW was able to pry the grate open while an officer from Lynn Animal Control started to fish out the ducklings from the drain using a net.
Massachusetts State Police posted a statement on social media that stated the mother duck moved to a grassy area close to the drain as she waited for her ducklings to be saved. Once the ducklings were rescued, they were placed into a cardboard box. Trooper Jim Maloney then put the box inside his car with the heat on, waiting for the mother to come out of the bush and get her babies.
Shortly after, the mother and single duckling emerged and were reunited with the rest of the family.