It’s a mom’s worst nightmare. Your brood decided to go exploring along a busy highway and gets stuck in a storm drain. That’s what happened to one momma duck on Thursday along State Route 16 and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.
|Teamwork between our Tacoma Narrows Bridge worker and|
two State Patrol troopers led to a duckling rescue this week.
Washington State Patrol Trooper Bloomfield and Trooper Rogers noticed that a duck was repeatedly flying low in to traffic, risking being hit by passing vehicles. They pulled over and heard ducklings calling out from a nearby drain on the bridge.
|Mama duck is reunited with her ducklings in a pond near the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.|
That is when our bridge maintenance specialist Jerry England, who works at the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, was called into action. Together with England, they removed the drain cover and modified a bucket that had the bottom cut out and replaced the bottom with netting. They lowered the bucket into the drain so it sat under the water surface.
|The duck rescue team modified a bucket to scoop out the trapped duckings.|
|A State Patrol trooper lowers a modified bucket into a drain to scoop out stranding ducklings.|