A prison officer in North Auburn, California, saved a duckling who fell down a metal grate, officials said, with video of the rescue posted to Facebook on April 28.
Placer County Sheriff’s Office said corrections staff were watching a mother duck cross the jail parking lot with “several ducklings in tow,” when one of her ducklings fell through the grate.
Correctional Sergeant Paris, along with the jail maintenance team, leapt to action to rescue the duckling, which they estimated to only be around one-day-old.
The team said they named the duckling AJ (Auburn Jail), and Lieutenant Schmidt “swooped in” on the opportunity to foster it. Schmidt then, according to the post, bought another duckling to keep AJ company. Credit: Placer County Sheriff’s Office via Storyful