MESA, AZ — With help from Arizona Department of Transportation volunteers, Department of Public Safety troopers were able to rescue a family of ducklings trapped in a storm drain Monday evening.
Dubbed by ADOT as "Operation Duck Salvation," the family was eventually reunited and released into a nearby canal.
Tonight, around 6 p.m., troopers responded to a call of a duck and ducklings in a storm drain on eastbound SR-202 RM near Greenfield. With assistance from @ArizonaDOT, a trooper was able to climb down and rescue 5 ducklings and their momma. #AnimalLovers #CourteousVigilance pic.twitter.com/F7hTNEnybE— Dept. Public Safety (@Arizona_DPS) May 7, 2019
DUCK TALE FINALE— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) May 7, 2019
A walk to freedom followed the rescuing of the fowl as rescuers carried crates of ducklings, the duck parents waddling after them. The babies were released into the canal.
The volunteers, ADOT crew and DPS Trooper high-fived each other. pic.twitter.com/fjsF1fvcQV
DUCK MOM AN DAD— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) May 7, 2019
OPERATION DUCK SALVATION had a happy ending. The rescuers went into the storm drain at L-202 WB at Val Vista to free the remaining ducklings and their parents, a hen and a drake. THE FOWL ARE FREE pic.twitter.com/qmbd3nMNxz