In the beloved children’s book “Make Way for Ducklings,” a police officer goes to heroic lengths to help a family of ducks reach safety in Boston Public Garden.
On Sunday, Portland firefighters helped make way for our own gaggle of baby ducklings. At about 8:45 a.m., Portland Fire & Rescue responded to reports of a family of ducklings trapped in a storm drain at Southeast 148th Avenue and Grant Court.
When they arrived at the scene, firefighters saw the mother duck circling the storm grate, which was located in a driveway. Firefighters removed the grate, and found eight ducklings swimming in runoff water, which was near the top of the drain. The ducklings were removed and reunited with their mom.
That’s the same number of ducklings that were rescued in Robert McCloskey’s iconic children’s book. Those ducks were named Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack and Quack.
No word on names for the rescued Portland ducklings. Let’s try “Lucky” for starters.