With A Little Help, Momma Duck and Ducklings Make it to the Bay in LBI

A safe crossing ensured by neighbors for a young duck family

A family of ducks makes it across Long Beach Boulevard of Beach Haven safely. (Photo: Ric Anastasi)
A family of ducks makes it across Long Beach Boulevard of Beach Haven safely. (Photo: Ric Anastasi)
Sometimes, it's the simple things that matter most – especially when a few attentive neighbors can get together and help out some animals in need of a hand.

When Beach Haven volunteer firefighter Ric Anastasi noticed a family of ducks on their way to a swimming lesson in Barnegat Bay on Friday, he knew they faced a dangerous crossing of busy Long Beach Boulevard.

So he gathered up a few local neighbors, and some neon safety vests, and together they stopped traffic to clear a path for the "momma" duck and her ducklings to make it to the water about a block away.

"We stopped traffic in both directions and my water fowl friends made their way safely," said Anastasi.

Anastasi said he shared photos of the "duck crossing" on social media because he wanted everyone to be aware of the presence of local wildlife in the area.
susan July 13, 2014 at 06:16 PM
I had a dear friend Monica who rescue freezing dumklings in the Little egg harbor lagoon area. She kept them in her garage and raised them. Sadly Monica is no longer with us. Wherever you are Monica I dedicate this story to you and your huge heart. I miss you my friend
Karen Pleines July 13, 2014 at 11:20 PM
John D and susan - I agree firefighters are heroes. And they're always very handsome and humble.
Florence Robinson July 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM
some wonderful people left on the island, thank you and love you, a true local clamdiggrt and piney,grew up on L.B.I now on the mainland.
Joker Joe July 14, 2014 at 12:53 PM
When riding through the Red Hill area in Ca. I came upon a mother duck and three siblings crossing in the street exit from the 55 freeway.. I slowed my motorcycle to a crawl and escorted them about 70 feet until I could dismount my cycle and guide them over eight lanes of traffic to a watery canal on the opposite side of the street. The traffic was extremely courteous and I felt extreme pleasure. Had to help the last duckling up over the curb as he/she could not make it. Something that will last in memory forever.
Bill A July 17, 2014 at 09:10 AM
"Come babies. We are going to the bay today". Thanks to the folks who helped them get there safely.


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