A lot of alarmed quacking and a group of kindhearted Wyoming Department of Transportation employees led to the rescue of a brood of misplaced ducklings Friday morning.
The eight junior ducks didn’t recognize the dangers of a cattle guard near the WYDOT building south of Jackson and fell into a dark trap. A passerby saw an agitated mother duck raising a storm and let WYDOT workers know.
“Momma was frantic, she was going crazy at the cattle guard,” said WYDOT employee Tere Nelson.
It might have been a simple duckling grab rescue, but the empty space under the guard was close to 4 feet deep, Nelson said, “too far to reach.”
Sharon Hunter joined Nelson, and they soon had three WYDOT engineering department workers — Kurt Anselmi, Mark Shon and Travis Fitzgerald — with them at the duckling trap. They decided the only thing to do was bring in heavy equipment.
A dozer was used to lift a section of the cattle guard. The errant birds still had a space to hide, so Shon jumped in and captured them.
The WYDOT crew thought the mom looked to be a mallard, or maybe a teal of some kind. Mom and family were reunited in a pond adjacent to the WYDOT yard and were last seen paddling contentedly.