JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Faint cries kept a worried mother duck from leaving the Twin Lakes Academy Elementary parking lot. "We just thought she was being curious, and she was for all the right reasons," said 5th grade teacher Marcia Rivas.
Her tiny duckling got trapped after falling into a storm drain with no way of getting out. "There is a huge system of culverts down there, and he was getting caught in the pipes," said Rivas.
So Marcia and a couple of maintenance workers spent hours Friday morning trying to get it out. "I've been carrying this bread for an hour and a half now. I was going to come out and feed the duck all day if I needed too," said Rivas.
With a lawn mower over one drain and a net at the other, they were able to fish it out. "Luckily it stayed between the two storm drains, and we were able to flush it out," said plumber Michael Miley.
Tiny cries for help became cries of joy that brought the mother and father ducks running to their baby. "It's a very good ending. I was happy to be able to help out," said Miley.
"Mom and dad showed up just in time. So it was perfect. It was the perfect ending," said Rivas. Besides being a little scared that duckling wasn't harmed.