Ducks rescued from storm drain at Alvernia University

READING, Pa. - Sometimes, you have to learn a lesson the hard way more than once. That's what happened to some ducklings on Alvernia University's campus in southwest Reading on Tuesday night.

"I've been here maybe just under three years and these are the first animals to get stuck in the storm drains," said Julian Carrera, a public safety officer at the university.

Not only did the ducklings fall into the storm drain, but it happened twice in less than two hours.

The first unpleasant encounter with the storm drain happened outside Francis Hall. Just before 6 p.m., professor Tim Blessing went out to get a book from his car when he saw a mother duck leading her troop.

"As I was getting stuff out of the car, they walked past me, walked directly to a grate and the ducklings fell in one after the other," Blessing said.

Reading firefighters came to the rescue, but the ducks weren't so lucky.

"I guess on their route back to the creek, they got stuck in another storm drain," added Carrera.

"We heard noises coming from below, and five of them had fallen in," said Matt Miller, a student at Alvernia University.

This time, Reading Public Works and Carrera teamed up to rescue the five ducklings. Now, Carrera hopes to reunite them with their mother.

"I hope since the mother and the rest of the ducklings walked off into the woods, that we're able to reunite them, because that's some really thick brush. I don't know if we're going to find them," he said.

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