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OTE employee saves baby ducks in Salem

Posted on: April 30th, 2012 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Roadways and Waysides | No Comments

We thought you might enjoy this story by our receptionist Sarah Flores. It shows just what kind of employees work at OTE and how much they are committed to making life better for everyone (animals too), whether on duty or off.

Salem duck rescue

By Sarah Flores

I wanted to share a story with everyone that happened to me over the weekend.

On Saturday about 1pm, I was driving home from shopping on Center Street and headed west.

All of a sudden I noticed a momma duck with about six to eight babies waddling behind her. As most Salem residents know, that intersection at Center and Hawthorne is a major traffic zone. Cars were everywhere and as the duck family was crossing the road there was danger all around for those little babies. My heart started thumping in my chest and I knew I had to do something.

As the family crossed Center Street, there was an older couple walking who saw what was happening. The husband attempted to guide the family to the sidewalk, but the little ones couldn’t get up the curb, they were that small. Most of the babies ended up in the sewer drain. My heart sunk into my stomach. I turned my car around to block the sewer and do whatever I could to save the babies.

The elderly gentleman jumped into  the sewer with no hesitation and started grabbing them one at a time handing them to me and I ran them one by one to their mom as she slowly made her way down Hawthorne.

They were so adorable and had no idea what was happening. Cupping them in my hands I noticed how fuzzy they were and their little wings sticking straight out no more than an inch long and their little quacks sounded like “beep, beep, beep.”

The sad part of it is we weren’t able to save the last two, they were not reachable. On the happy side of this whole event, we saved four babies and got them back with their mom. I felt like a hero.

Thanks Sarah. In our eyes, you are a heroine. We’re pretty grateful that you work with our OTE customers and that we have the pleasure of working alongside you.


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