Motorists on Washington Street in Brainerd witnessed the rescue of five ducklings at 11:14 a.m. Tuesday after their mother was killed crossing the busy street. Brainerd Police Officers Mike Kulzer and John Palcher caught the ducks who tried to evade capture in the street. The next stop for the ducks was the police department where the workers tried to give them water in their cardboard box.
Conservation Officer Jim Guida was called and the ducklings made the trip to the Garrison Animal Hospital. Dr. Deb Eskedahl peeked in the box and welcomed the new residents of Wild and Free Program at the animal hospital. The five residents are now safe and will be cared for until their release into the wild when they are self-sufficient.
The annual Wild and Free Rehabilitation Program Gala Wine Dinner and Silent Auction is scheduled for Wednesday night at the Lonesome Pine Restaurant on Bay Lake.