U.S. Secret Service Takes Action to Save…Ducks!

Friday, March 23, 2012 - 3:45pm

Guest blog post from Nancy Perry, Senior Vice President of ASPCA Government Relations.

Sure the U.S. Secret Service is responsible for the safety of our nation’s leaders and foreign dignitaries. However, their duties apparently don’t end there—as one “lucky duck” and her babies learned firsthand.

Yesterday, the mother duck and babies decided to pay a visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. In order to reach the White House garden, the mother had no trouble hopping over a short curb. To the tiny ducklings, however, it might as well have been Mount Everest. They huddled together, unable to hurdle the barrier.

As a crowd of tourists and onlookers gathered, two uniformed Secret Service officers standing nearby decided to help out. First, they tried to construct a makeshift ramp, but the skittish babies preferred to hide underneath it. Finally, the officers took direct action, carefully scooping up the ducklings and reuniting them with their mother while the audience cheered.

While the ASPCA works hard on local and nationwide efforts to improve the treatment of animals, this simple act of kindness serves as a reminder that each of us is capable of making a difference. The ASPCA thanks these two officers for exemplifying that potential.

Check out a video of the ducklings' predicament and happy ending.