Queen's University
Security Escorts Duck Family off Campus

   
  RSS news feed for Queen's University Campus Security (google: "RSS aggregator" for viewers) or go to www.bloglines.com May 21, 3:00 pm: Campus - After monitoring the progress of a mother duck and her eggs, Security became aware the eggs had hatched and the group was looking for a way out of the high cement planter they found themselves in.  

Staff put out some water for the ducklings and set up a ramp to assist in their descent from the planter. At about 5:20 pm the mother and (some of) the ducklings used the ramp to exit the planter and made their way towards the waterfront.  

duck family being escorted off campus by securitySince they would have to cross some busy roadways during the trek, Security and other University staff assisted the gaggle as they meandered towards the lake and eventually entered the water at 6:20 pm.

June 1 - The Toronto Star newspaper featured a story about the duck family escort and other animals who have interacted with our department. (Page 3 of the Star newspaper)


Ducks being escorted off campus
New chicks explore their surroundings.

Ducks being escorted off campus
Using the water bowl to get in a few practice laps.

Ducks being escorted off campus
Now what?

Ducks being escorted off campus
"One of us didn't think this through very well..."

Ducks being escorted off campus
Saved by the ramp - for those who choose to use it... 
"Look out below!"

Ducks being escorted off campus
All present and accounted for...

Ducks being escorted off campus
And they're off.

Ducks being escorted off campus
Crossing Stuart Street.

Ducks being escorted off campus
"Who put that building there..?"

Ducks being escorted off campus
"Don't look now...but I think we're being followed."

Ducks being escorted off campus
"There's the water!"

Ducks being escorted off campus
"Green light means go..."

Ducks being escorted off campus
Crossing King Street.

Ducks being escorted off campus
Heading to the waterfront... or to make a phone call.

Ducks being escorted off campus
Almost there...

Ducks being escorted off campus
Finally!

Ducks being escorted off campus
Bon voyage.

  A follow-up story was featured in the Queen's Gazette newspaper
and recently added to the University's News Center:
"Queen's web footed family find fame on the world wide web"

NEW: More photos from the duck family escort

Photos by Pete Freeborn

 

 

Note: Some photos may be edited or enhanced for publication

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