Duane and Rebecca alerted local authorities to assist in accessing the complex of drains. Watsonville Fire Department arrived on scene first and they were able to keep all, but one duckling, confined to a catch basin.
All the while, the hen watched from a distance. Then, just as the last duckling was being rescued, she flew away.
We set the pet carrier containing her ducklings under a nearby tree and waited a good fifteen minutes before she returned. She was standoffish, landing in a patch of shrubbery alongside busy Main Street, a good distance from the pet carrier. Her body language told us she was on edge and could take off at any moment if she didn't see or hear her babies.
Since it was a fairly quiet shopping center, we decided to set her babies where she would see them quickly, and then, once reunited, we could herd them, and the hen, to safety.
Check out the awesome video below:
MANY THANKS TO KENA FOR ALERTING US!
THANK YOU WATSONVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT!!!