Ferndale city workers rescue ducklings after mother hit

The Detroit News

Some Ferndale city workers who are used to working around machines and diesel trucks showed their softer side Thursday.

The ducklings will soon be heading out to a farm up-north.

While doing spring cleanup work along Eight Mile a Department of Public Works crew found some ducklings whose mother had been hit, according to a posting on the city’s Facebook page.

The workers took the baby chicks back to the DPW headquarters and set up a box with straw and a lamp to keep them warm.

“All in a day’s work for our awesome DPW team,” city officials said.

The ducks will soon go to a location up north where a retired city employee has a farm “filled with ducks who’ll adopt these sweet youngsters.”

It’s the second time in three weeks municipal employees in Metro Detroit have had to rescue ducklings.

It’s the second time in three weeks municipal employees in Metro Detroit have had to rescue ducklings.

On April 25, Sterling Heights firefighters used a restaurant’s kitchen utensil to rescue a duckling that had fallen through a sewer grate.

The incident happened at the Bank of America branch on Schoenherr near Lakeside Mall, according to the city’s Facebook page.

Firefighters borrowed a French fry strainer from a nearby McDonald’s and taped it to a pole, the post read. On the first try firefighter Tom Nowicki rescued the duck with the strainer. Firefighter Sean Watson and Lt. Kelly Burgan also helped.