Lucky thirteen

Our lives are bombarded daily with stories of terrorism, death and many negative tales. This story is true, heartwarming and positive.

On August 5, 2013 13 tiny, fuzzy, yellow ducklings fell into a sewer pipe through a storm grate. If that wasn’t enough the grate was located directly in the center of a fast food drive through lane. Mama duck refused to leave her ducklings and was a sitting duck (no pun intended) for every care ordering take-out. She stayed and called to her cheeping, helpless babies all that day and night and into the next day. Many people were called but it was Sugar Land Animal Services that came to the rescue. Kathryn Ketchum, Animal Services Manager and Trisha Sterbenz, Animal Services Officer pried open the storm grate but could not get to the baby ducks. Then they pulled up a manhole cover close by but in the road. Kathryn actually went down into the nasty drain and with much effort retrieved all 13 ducklings and of course the mama duck. After a much needed cleaning (people and ducklings) they babies were warmed on heating pads and re-hydrated. On August 7th they were re-located to a safe Sugar Land lake.

Many tiny animals, domestic and wild fall into storm drains every year. Inevitably they suffer before succumbing to horrific deaths. An easy and inexpensive solution would be to install deer fencing or other material over these grates.

Meanwhile we should thank Sugar Land Animal Services, Ms. Ketchum and Ms. Sterbenz for their act of kindness that was above and beyond the call of duty. Their actions exemplify the care and concern that SL Animal Services stands for.

Most people are unaware of the value and often underestimated service they provide all the while performing jobs few of us could do. It’s about time we thank these un-sung heroes for the many animals they save every year and the care they give those that do not survive.

Once again kudos to Kathryn and Trisha and all the staff at Sugar Land Animal Services for extending compassion to a mama duck and her thirteen tiny babies.

Finally please remember always spay and neuter your animal companions and adopt when looking for a companion.

Susan Peck
Volunteer with Save
Our Strays Fort Bend

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