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home : letters : letters January 24, 2015

7/11/2013 10:51:00 AM
Please stop

To the editor:

As I was leaving Cannon Falls last Saturday evening about 8 p.m. (it was still light of course), driving west on Co. Rd. 17, I noticed a family of ducks crossing the road ahead. Certain that the car in front of me saw them too and was going to stop, I slowed down but much to my horror the car kept going, hitting most of the ducklings. I then pulled over on the shoulder to try to help the poor babies, two of whom were bloody and convulsing, two scurried away into the tall grass and the remaining two were injured but just sitting there, not moving. The two that were convulsing died within minutes so I moved them to the grass on the side of the road and took the two surviving babies and put them on a blanket I had in my car. I couldn't just leave them there injured.

The car that hit them had stopped and the driver came over to see what I was doing. I asked her in a very angry tone why she hadn't stopped and she told me "because I thought it was a snake." I told her it didn't matter what it was, that she should have stopped. She felt bad when she realized what she had done. My point is, please drivers, if you see anything in the road, stop for it. What if it had been a toddler or someone's beloved pet? Of the two ducklings I brought home and cared for during the night, one died overnight and on Sunday morning I took the surviving little duckling to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Roseville. I have not yet heard if it survived.


Gretchen Eaton

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