Ducklings die during fountain cleaning
Thomas Fisher noticed right away that something was amiss Tuesday morning when he brought his daughter to Lafayette Park to feed the ducks.
There he noticed that the parks fountains were being cleaned. One was half-drained and the other was fully drained with a dead duckling caught in the gutter, he said.
Fisher said he returned to the fountains later and discovered a man carrying two more dead ducklings. That left one duckling and its mother, he said. (Fisher sent Postlocal.com photos of the remaining duck and duckling.)
“When I walked up to the duck, I threw some bread at it, but it didn’t eat it,” said Fisher, a Navy employee who lives near the White House. “I guess it’s looking for its kids.”
Curtis Miller, owner of The WaterWorks, Inc., said his employee was simply obeying the Department of the Interior’s orders to clean the fountains. “We have to do what they say, we were just following orders," he said.
After draining one fountain, Miller said a worker went in to move the ducklings to the other fountain, but by then it was too late.
“We felt terrible also," Miller said. "[The employee] really was upset and tried for hours to get the babies out of there.”
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