Another duck rescue has happened in Overland Park.
The Overland Park Police Department says officers saved seven ducklings Saturday evening after they slipped through a sewer drain near Interstate 435 and Roe Avenue.
What happened: According to OPPD Public Information Officer John Lacy, the ducklings’ mother was struck and killed by a vehicle on the Roe exit ramp heading east.
- This left several of the ducklings scurrying around in the middle of the road and on the verge of being hit as well.
Passer-by called 911: Leawood resident Ellen Allegri noticed three of the ducklings and stopped to call 911.
- “Sadly, before the police could make it, all of the ducklings slipped through the [sewer] drain,” Allegri wrote on the neighborhood messaging app Next Door, where she went to share the story.
The rescue: Upon receiving Allegri’s call, OPPD officers Richie Vargas and Stephen Sundberg headed to the scene.
- Within an hour of their arrival, Allegri wrote that she received a call from the department saying a total of seven ducklings had been rescued from the drain.
Where are they now: Lacy said the ducklings were taken to Operation Wildlife, a wildlife refuge that provides rehabilitation and veterinary services to injured and orphaned animals in the Kansas City metro.
- The ducklings will remain in the care of the rehabilitation center until they are older and strong enough to be released back into the wild.
Not the first time: This whole saga may sound familiar. That’s because last month Overland Park Public Works Department workers rescued 11 ducklings that had gotten trapped in a spillway at South Lake Park.