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Teen rescues baby duck from storm drain

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DELRAY BEACH, FL (WFLX) Jonathan Spevachek, a recent graduate of Spanish River High School, will soon be leaving South Florida to attend Wingate University in North Carolina on a lacrosse scholarship.  He lives in a small community in Delray Beach that contains a one acre lake.

One of the lake's residents, a model duck, decided to build a nest in the shrubs of his front yard. The duck sat on her clutch of eggs until six of them hatched and a few days later, she brought out the little babies to greet the world and take up occupancy back in the lake.

Two of the chicks disappeared within the first week, most likely to the family of hungry otters that occasionally visit the lake for their food supply. The protective mother has been doing a fine job with the remaining four survivors.

Last Friday morning, Jonathan visited the lake across the street from his house and saw the mom and her four chicks.  About an hour later, when he went outside again, he noticed the mother duck was outside of the lake and near the street with only three of the chicks, and they were all creating a noisy racket.

Curious of the missing baby, he approached them and found them next to a drainage culvert.  He looked down into the culvert and spotted the fourth chick that had apparently fallen through the drainage grate and noted there was no way out leaving the chick with no chance of survival.

Jonathan struggled to remove the extremely heavy cast iron drainage grate by himself, located a palm frond to act as a scoop, and removed the baby duck from an otherwise certain unpleasant ending.  He returned the rescued baby to the mother and the remaining siblings who stood by him during the entire rescue effort.

The model duck family is now enjoying life once again thanks to the kind efforts of Jonathan.

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