Hospital Security Guard Helps Baby Ducks To Safety

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April 27, 2010

Wesley Medical Center is where expectant moms drop in all the time to deliver their babies. But recently a duck dropped into the courtyard to deliver her ducklings.

"Mom probably landed back here and saw the cover and decided it was a good place to have here babies," Sgt. Andy Lassmann, Wesley Security Supervisor said

It’s a courtyard, not accessible through the hospital, where momma duck felt secure enough to make her nest

"There's no telling where she actually had them at,” Lassman said. “It could be anywhere back here."

Lassman said that it was one of the more interesting duties he’s experienced working Wesley Medical Center’s security

He got tasked to escort a momma duck and her 14 ducklings out of the hospital.

Births are very common to Wesley. The hospital delivers more babies than any hospital in a 13 state region, 6,000 babies a year.

Now you can make it 6,014.

Saturday morning, hospital employees noticed the duck jumping at a window. That’s when security was called to lead them out.

"We were able to get here right around here and she stepped right inside the door here," Lassman said.

They closed doors leading into the main part of the hospital and the ducks started down the hallway of freedom.

"They were good company. They were actually, pretty cute, they didn't bother anybody down here," Lassman said.

So, with Lassman’s help, the ducks ducked out the backway.

"And that worked,” Lassman said “They went right outside."

Wesley’s security cameras caught much of the duck walk.

"No I didn't check to see if they had insurance or not. I did give them trespass, told them they didn't belong here," Lassman said.

The ducklings had trouble with the street curb.

"So I had to reach down and kind of pick them all up and scoop them up."

So Lassman pick them all up and scooped them to safety and at last they made their way to water and freedom at last.

So momma duck and her ducklings are evidently doing alright. But if you are out driving around and see them give them a brake, give them a chance to grow up.

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