- Associated Press - Thursday, May 14, 2015

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - Mason City elementary students were delighted to watch a mother duck and her brood waddle over to their new home at a field with ponds this week.

Mallards use the courtyard at Hoover Elementary as a nesting spot each spring, and their ducklings usually hatch while school is still in session, the Globe Gazette (https://bit.ly/1JgVQuJ ) reported.

Students gathered Wednesday to celebrate the move of the bird and her six ducklings. Two fourth-graders, including 9-year-old new student Remy Roberson, were picked to help guide the ducks to their new home.

“We never did anything like this in Chicago,” she said. “I really liked it, especially when the ducks stopped to look at us.”

Kindergartner Dayshawn Ware grinned while watching the family of birds shuffle past. He followed his teacher’s instructions to remain quiet and welcomed the birds with a wave.

He said he thought the event was “fun” and “exciting.”

School staff also helped coax the ducks into the wild.


Information from: Globe Gazette, https://www.globegazette.com/

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