NISKAYUNA, N.Y. - A mother duck and her 13 babies that made Niskayuna High School home will be moved Friday to a new home by environmental conservation officials.
The mother duck made her way into the courtyard memorial garden at the high school to lay her eggs earlier this month. After the babies hatched, students and staff at the school tried to make them as comfortable as they could.
"We come out every morning and we water them, we feed them duck mash so they can continue to have some sustenance," said English teacher Kelly Millett. They also added a swimming pool for the ducks to live in.
Now that the babies are older, the mother duck does not need to provide as much nurturance for them and is ready to leave them. Friday, EnCon officials come into the school to bring the 13 babies to a natural home.
"When they're old enough to fly and fend for themselves and protect themselves, we release them into the pond behind our house and provide a food source for them and in the fall they'll fly away," said Eric Brown, Wild Life Rehabilitator.
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