Monday, July 18, 2011

~ San Antonio, Texas Duck Story ~

Something really cute happened in downtown San Antonio this week. Michael R. is an accounting clerk at Frost Bank and works there in a second story office. Several weeks ago, he watched a mother duck choose the concrete awning outside his window as the unlikely place to build a nest above the sidewalk. The mallard laid ten eggs in a nest in the corner of the planter that is perched over 10 feet in the air. She dutifully kept the eggs warm for weeks, and Monday afternoon all of her ten ducklings hatched.




 Michael worried all night how the momma duck was going to get those babies safely off their perch in a busy, downtown, urban environment to take to water, which typically happens in the first 48 hours of a duck hatching.
Tuesday morning, Michael watched the mother duck encourage her babies to the edge of the perch with the intent to show them how to jump off. Office work came to a standstill as

everyone gathered to watch.


The mother flew down below and started quacking to her babies above. In disbelief Michael watched as the first fuzzy newborn trustingly toddled to the edge and astonishingly leapt into thin air, crashing onto the cement below. Michael couldn't stand to watch this risky effort nine more times! He dashed out of his office and ran down the stairs to the sidewalk where the first obedient duckling, near its mother, was resting in a stupor after the near-fatal fall. Michael stood out of sight under the awning-planter, ready to help.


As the second one took the plunge, Michael jumped forward and caught it with his bare hands before it hit the concrete. Safe and sound, he set it down it by its momma and the other stunned sibling, still recovering from that painful leap. (The momma must have sensed that Michael was trying to help her babies.)

One by one the babies continued to jump. Each time Michael hid under the awning just to reach out in the nick of time as the duckling made its free fall. At the scene the busy downtown sidewalk traffic came to a standstill. Time after time, Michael was able to catch the remaining eight and set them by their approving mother.

At this point Michael realized the duck family had only made part of its dangerous journey. They had two full blocks to walk across traffic, crosswalks, curbs and past pedestrians to get to the closest open water, the San Antonio River, site of the famed "River Walk." The on looking office secretaries and several San Antonio police officers joined in. An empty copy-paper box was brought to collect the babies.
They carefully corralled them, with the mother's approval, and loaded them in the container. Michael held the box low enough for the mom to see her brood. He then slowly navigated through the downtown streets toward the San Antonio River. The mother waddled behind and kept her babies in sight, all the way.


 
As they reached the river, the mother took over and passed him, jumping in the river and quacking loudly. At the water's edge, Michael tipped the box and helped shepherd the babies toward the water and to the waiting mother after their adventurous ride.


All ten darling ducklings safely made it into the water and paddled up snugly to momma. Michael said the mom swam in circles, looking back toward the beaming bank bookkeeper, and proudly quacking



At last, all present and accounted for: "We're all together again. We're here! We're here!"


And here's a family portrait before they head outward to further adventures...

Like all of us in the big times of our life, they never could have made it alone without lots of helping hands.
I think it gives the name of San Antonio's famous "River Walk" a whole new meaning!


15 comments:

Shelia said...

Oh, how sweet! So great that you were able to get the pictures to share with us!
Thank you so much for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

NanaDiana said...

What an absolutely wonderful, heartwaring, lovely story. It lets you see to the heart of man and how God works through him for all his creatures! This is one of the most touching stories I have read in a long time. xo Diana

Bring Pretty Back said...

Pat~ I can hardly stand it that story was so dang cute! Go Michael! He was a hero!!!!!!!
Have a PRETTY day!
Kristin

Vicki V @ blestnest.blogspot.com said...

What a fabulous, heart-warming story! Thanks for sharing it with us! Vicki V

Linda Chapman said...

What an AWESOME post!!!
By the way I am making your mango avocado shrimp salad for a ladies lunch tomorrow. Thanks again for that recipe!!

housedressingblog.blogspot.com said...

I love stories like that, It's so nice to hear how nice people can be, when it seems that all you ever hear these days is bad stuff.
Very heartwarming, thanks for sharing it.

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

That is such a cute story. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Cindy said...

Oh my god, that is the cutest story i have ever seen and heard. That should be on the news headlines all over the world. I totally loved this... Precious little ducks and their mama... This guy is a hero! I can't believe he was able to catch each of those babies

Cindy

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Oh that is the best story I have read in a long time!!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

What a wonderful story...so wonderful to read something that makes me feel so good! Thanks for the prayers. We are doing okay, I think my husband is still in a bit of shock over all that happened, but we are getting things done and that helps.

I'm always behind in my blog reading these days!

Leontien said...

That was just ABSOLUTELY fantastic!!! haha

very very nice of him to help the little momma and you took wonderful pics!

This was a wonderful finnish of my day!

Thanks
Leontien

All That Glitters said...

THose little duckings are just the cutest!

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

I absolutely LOVE this story! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. So nice to read about something good instead of bad for a change. Oh, and thank you sooo much for always stopping by and leaving sweet comments. Sorry I haven't been able to return the favor as much as I would like lately. This garden stuff does not wait on me, I have to deal with it on its terms, lol. Will be back more often this fall hopefully.

Lina - Fancy Frugal Life said...

Pat, that's the sweetest story :)
Thanks for sharing it! Thanks for stopping by FFL, and I am a new follower :)

Lina
Fancy Frugal Life

Nicole said...

What a sweet story! It made my day. Thanks for sharing!