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Animal Reports: A Dive Bombing Duck

Read about ducklings found in a swimming pool and trapped in a storm drain, how a deer chased a cyclist and find out what a cat got its head stuck in.

A Dive Bombing Duck

A Barn Hill Road man found ducklings swimming in his pool at around 10:11 a.m. on June 16. Police said he released the two-day-old ducklings and a mallard gathered them up and continued on to the next water source.

When someone finds duckings, Animal Control Officer Ed Risko said they should put them in a crate so their mother can get them.

"If you take a duckling out of a pool and put it on the side, guess who's jumping back in?" Risko said with a smile.

In a separate incident on June 18, Risko removed 10 ducklings trapped in a storm drain in the 700-block of Main Street at 8 p.m. as their mother watched him from across the street. (See Photo).

"She kept dive bombing me," Risko said.

Mallards lay eggs under brush on land and after they hatch, the ducklings usually stay in the nest for the first day before following their mother toward the nearest water source on day two, according to Risko.

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Deer Chases Cyclist

A man riding his bicycle on a section of Rails to Trails near Victoria Drive told police a deer chased him at around 12:46 p.m. on June 16. An officer searched the area, but could not locate the animal.

Cat's Head Stuck In a ...

A cat with its head stuck in a water bottle was seen on the front porch of a house on Lynn Drive at around 11:10 p.m. on June 15. Police said the bottle was removed and the animal was released without incident.

Dog Bites Toddler

An Old Highway Road resident told police that her dog bit her neighbor's four-year-old daughter at around 1:10 p.m. on June 15. Police said it was a minor puncture wound and no medical attention was required.

The two-year-old Shitzu dog is validly vaccinated and licensed. Nevertheless, a 14-day quarantine to the property was ordered for the dog, followed by a check up with its veterinarian. The owner was issued a written warning for creating a nuisance and a roaming dog.

A Baby Raccoon

An officer removed a baby raccoon from behind a building on Commerce Drive on June 15 and brought it to a Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) licensed rehabilitator.

Police said the raccoon was an orphan suffering from dehydration and malnutrition.

Deer Walk Away from Accidents

A deer hit by a vehicle in the 500-block of Elm Street at around 4:52 p.m. on June 15 fled the scene before an officer's arrival. A deer was hit in the same area three days later and also fled, according to police.

A similar incident was reported on Main Street at 4:38 a.m. on June 19.

Raccoon Babies

A Wells Road woman saw an adult raccoon at her bird feeder one night, then three baby raccoons in her yard the next morning, according to a report made on June 19.

Police said the young raccoons appeared healthy and were allowed to walk back into the woods. The area will be rechecked to make sure the animals are not orphaned.

We All Wag for Ice Cream!

Prancer and Mortimer, two dogs residing at the Monroe Animal Shelter, were able to cool off with ice cream on a hot Thursday afternoon thanks to the Moore family's donation of ice cream treats for dogs.

A Turtle in the Road

A driver removed a large turtle from the roadway on Cutlers Farm Road at 3:30 p.m. on June 20, according to police. It's Snapping Turtle Month, a time when female turtles walk across dry land to lay their eggs.

Peacock Sightings

Four sightings of Joseph Aversa's stray Peacock were reported over the past week. The bird was seen under a back deck on Brinsmaid Road (June 16), in a yard on Captain's Hill Road (June 16), in a driveway on Greenfield Hill Road (June 17) and in a yard on Fairlea Drive (June 19).

A Fox Den

Foxes from a nearby den continue to bother homeowners on Glen Hollow Drive. One complained about finding a dead squirrel carcass in the yard on June 15.

The carcass was removed and the property owner was given exclusion and hazing tips to keep the animals away.

Foxes have been defecating on sidewalks and burying kills in people's yards.

Baby Birds

A Georges Lane woman reported finding baby birds in her yard at 9:16 a.m. on June 16. She turned them over to a DEEP licensed wildlife rehabilitator, according to police.

A Skunk Den

A skunk den site was reported near a business on Elm Street on June 19. Police provided the owner with a PSA on damage prevention tips and, if trapping is necessary, a referral to a DEEP licensed nuisance wildlife control operator.

Woodchuck Damage

A homeowner on Gerardo Drive reported woodchuck damage on June 19. An officer gave the property owner a PSA on damage prevention tips and, if trapping is necessary, a referral to a DEEP licensed nuisance wildlife control operator.

Carl Kolchak June 22, 2012 at 12:45 PM
I think the animals are organizing a revolution.
barbara June 22, 2012 at 01:32 PM
"A driver removed a large turtle from the roadway on Cutlers Farm Road at 3:30 p.m. on June 20". Removed it? Turtles should be helped across the road in the direction they were going, or they will just try to recross the road later. Here's a great Patch article on the subject: http://meriden.patch.com/articles/why-did-the-turtle-cross-the-road-a7191537
QWERTY June 22, 2012 at 04:30 PM
How the hell do foxes "bother" home owners?! I've had multiple dens on my property, they've been nothing but entertaining.
Alex June 22, 2012 at 04:36 PM
I agree, but it could have been a snapper, in which case I would just leave it alone. I had one sitting under my car for 3-4 hours 2 weeks ago, and they certainly take their time, but they'll get to where they need to go if you just leave them be.
Stephanie G June 22, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Lord forbid that people living here have to deal with "nature"!
Christine Rose June 23, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Stephanie G, I imagine that is why the revolution is forming. :-)

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