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The Great Escape: Ducklings ditch feed store, cross road

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Posted: Saturday, May 12, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 10:01 am, Sat May 12, 2012.

The 26 Lockeford ducklings a man found in his front yard earlier this week continued to cause mischief Thursday night.

The ducklings, which are several different breeds, were picked up Thursday morning by Jacob Guiette, an employee at Robinson's Feed Store. He caught them in Larry Cooper's front yard, and then brought them across the street to the feed store to keep them safe in a rubber tub.

They were living a life of ease with unlimited food and water, but they apparently yearned for freedom. So they carried out a great escape.

While the store was closed Thursday night, the ducklings started pecking at a covered hole in the plastic containers.

"I've never seen anything like it. It was a plastic tub that was taped up with Duct tape and Saran wrap," Guiette said. "Somehow they pecked through and got out of the tub"

When they succeeded at breaking through, they filed out of the tub one at a time and then planned their next move.

Guiette has no idea how they managed to get out of the feed store, but they found a hole or crack somewhere and headed toward the open road. All 26 ducklings safely waddled across the traffic-filled Highway 88 before settling back in Larry Cooper's yard.

On Friday morning, Guiette realized the ducklings were gone and went outside to look. A neighbor asked Guiette why the ducklings were back out.

He found the ducks across the road in a huddle, minus one. A neighbor caught that one about 100 yards down the road and returned him a few hours later.

"I said, 'What in the world?' What's weird to me is how they all ended up together. They would have had to wait for each other to go through the hole and through the crack," he said.

To catch the ducks, Guiette said both times he hurried them into a box.

"They are faster than they look. There was a lot of tripping. They all wanted to go their own way," he said.

He said it is amazing they were not run over or attacked by the cats in the area.

"They are all together, and none of them got squished or anything," he said.

It is still unclear where the ducks came from originally, although Guiette said there is a possibility that they came from the feed store, because they frequently receive shipments of ducks. They also could have come from domesticated ducks in the area or been abandoned.

The only thing that is clear is they are willing to go on the run.

Contact reporter Maggie Creamer at maggiec@lodinews.com. Read her blog at www.lodinews.com/blogs/citybuzz.

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