It’s officially duckling rescue season.

Officer Phil Johnson of the Eden Prairie Police Department has made an adorable rescue, the Eden Prairie Police Department tweeted just after 10 a.m. on Friday, May 10.

Employees at Eden Prairie Center called police for help after the 10 ducklings fell down a nearby storm drain, Katie Bengtson, senior communications coordinator for the city of Eden Prairie, told Eden Prairie News.

Johnson responded and climbed down into the drain to rescue the ducklings, all while mama duck was watching from across the street.

"The ducklings are doing great and were reunited with their mother," Bengtson said.

It’s pretty common for ducklings to get into these problematic situations. In fact, Eden Prairie officers typically assist with this type of rescue "a few times each spring," Bengtson said.

When ducklings hatch in the spring, they closely follow their mom wherever she goes. So when mama duck walks across the grate to a sewer, they follow. Mama duck is big enough to walk across the grate without issue, but the spaces between the grates are bigger than the ducklings, so they can fall in.

If you ever see this happen, try calling the city. They’ll often be able to find someone who can help rescue the little ducklings.

Melissa Turtinen is the community editor for Lakeshore Weekly News and Eden Prairie News. She's passionate about adding context to stories and informing people about what's going on in their community. She enjoys being outside, traveling and good beer.


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