It may seem a small thing but really, it was a huge example of why people choose to live in an area like the central Upper Peninsula.
The small thing was a flock of ducklings trapped in a storm drain. The huge example was set by concerned citizen Deb Cook and four city of Marquette employees who came to the ducks' rescue.
That people would go out of their way to help wildlife in distress is heart-warming, but not unusual for this area. People go the extra mile for each other - and for animals - all the time.
For those who missed it, the lucky duck family was rescued Sunday in Marquette. When Cook was playing tennis with friends at the Marquette Senior High School tennis courts, they saw a female duck walking in circles and heard her squawking in distress.
Trying to find out what the problem was, Cook walked over to where the duck was and heard the hen's babies peeping in the storm drain. She called for help.
Marquette City Police Department officer Cindi Acocks responded to the scene but could not lift the top of the drain. Acocks called the city's Park and Recreation Department and three workers from that department - Jon Cieslinki, Dalton Just and Vito Giannola - arrived and were able to remove the lid and lift the grate off the drain.
The workers dropped in a bucket, Cook reported, and were able to pull out eight baby ducks at once. One of the men put his head into the drain and pulled out four more ducklings.
The reunited family then waddled on its way, together.
"I was impressed with the city's employees being willing to help on a Sunday afternoon of a holiday weekend," Cook said.
We join in thanking the four who responded to the situation and took care of a mother and her offspring.
The story of people reaching out to help some of Mother Nature's cutest creatures brought a lot of smiles on a back-to-work Tuesday, but not a lot of surprise.
After all, helping one another is what Yoopers do.
- The Mining Journal, Marquette