On Mothers Day, Sunday, May 10, Saanich Police received a report of possible stranded ducklings in the side of Highway #1 near Helmcken Road.
A Saanich Police Officer responded to the area and located a mother Mallard duck that appeared to be in distress. The officer heard what sounded like young ducklings in a nearby storm drain. Investigation located 11 ducklings that were stranded inside the storm drain basin, approximately six feet down from the road level.
Saanich Fire Department personnel were requested to assist with the recovery of the animals. All 11 ducklings were successfully plucked from the depths of storm drain.
Unfortunately, during the rescue session, the mother Mallard duck was struck by a passing vehicle and did not survive. Her efforts to alert someone to the location of her ducklings allowed all 11 to be saved and survive.
The ducklings were transported to a local veterinary hospital and turned over to the Wild Arc Recovery Center the following day. All of the ducklings are expected to make a full recovery.