The Fourth of July is a busy holiday for emergency responders. You have firework injuries, grilling mishaps and people who’ve had a little too much to drink getting behind the wheel of their vehicles. But Pennsylvania police experienced a first this year. They were forced to arrest an unruly gaggle of ducks for loitering.
Four ducks were taken into custody late Tuesday night on charges of loitering after they were found at a local gas station. What apparently started as a harmless ducks’ night out on the town ended with an escorted ride home by the boys in blue. Luckily, police officers knew right where they lived.
“It’s just one Fourth of July no one will ever forget,” said Cindy Osiecki, the owner of the webbed-footed loiterers, after she received a call from the local sheriff’s office.
“I thought it was funny! I’m like ‘are you serious?’ There were like ‘yeah we took them’ because I guess people were trying to take my ducks, and everyone was feeding them. Even the cop fed them bread,” she recalled.
According to Fox 6, the wayward ducks were returned to Osiecki and her family’s home, which was located less than a mile from the scene of the crime.
This was the first time the four ducks had wandered off that far. “It’s not like they wander far from home. That was the first time that I ever saw they went up to the Pump and Pantry because normally they go to my neighbor’s house,” Osiecki said.
The Green Bent Police Department’s social media account even had a bit of fun with the situation, sharing an image of the ducks being put into the back of a squad car. Police took the funny event even further when they took footprints of the webbed birds.
Osiecki found the humor in the event, but in the end, she was just glad to have her ducks back safe and sound. “I was just so thankful they found my ducks and they took them in to be safe.”