FORT MYERS, Fla. - Florida Public Works and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission transported five ducklings to CROW Friday morning, after their family became stuck in the Fort Myers River Basin Thursday. Five of their brothers and sister did not survive. Their mother has not been found.
Around 2:00 p.m., the mother Mallard duck lead her ducklings into the newly-opened basin, just off of Edwards Drive in downtown Fort Myers. She quickly realized that while she could get out, by flying away, her babies could not. An official with the city of Fort Myers entered the basin in a small boat and tried to corral the tiny birds to no avail. A board was placed at the western end of the basin in an attempt to encourage the birds to use it as a ramp to walk out, with no luck.
FWC Officers transported the young birds to CROW for rehab and eventual release.
Click here to see video of the rescue attempts.