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Posted at 6:02 PM ET, 06/29/2010

Ducklings die during fountain cleaning

By Washington Post editors

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.)
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“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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Stephanie Lee

By Washington Post editors  | June 29, 2010; 6:02 PM ET
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Comments

"“We have to do what they say, we were just following orders," he said."

Not much of an excuse. It has been used too many times.

We should be happy that no children were around.

Posted by: gary4books | June 29, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Mr Miller sounds like a dolt.

"We have to do what they say. We were just following orders."

"The employee really was upset and tried for hours to get the babies out of there."

Looks like the employee "got the babies out of there" a lot faster than that by killing them.

Posted by: dgilday | June 29, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

". “We have to do what they say, we were just following orders," he said."

The Nuremberg defense didn't work then, it shouldn't work now. Fire em!

Posted by: slim2 | June 29, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

". “We have to do what they say, we were just following orders," he said."

The Nuremberg defense didn't work then, it shouldn't work now. Dullards working in dull jobs on hot days is no reason to leave human empathy for wild creatures and common sense at home.

Posted by: slim2 | June 29, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Let's not get our blood pressure up people..they were ducks not people...When deer get hit in the middle of the road they don't warrant space in the WP.....

Those people cleaning those fountains didn't give a hoot about the duck and ducklings...and that's the end of that....

Posted by: pentagon40 | June 29, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Something is really wrong with America when more attention is paid to a few ducklings drowning in a fountain then children going missing and teenage girls being raped or killed. Odds are they would have died in that congested urban area anyway.

Posted by: zcxnissan | June 29, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Not my fault. Just doing what I was told to do. I don't need to think. Just following the rules.

Posted by: abc1 | June 29, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

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