Ducklings Trying to Escape from Swimming Pool

I found this mother duck and her 10 ducklings in my backyard swimming pool this morning. The mother, who has visited before with her mate, had no trouble getting out, but the ducklings were not able to climb out of the pool. My friend Brian and I spent more than an hour creating ramps on which the ducklings could climb out, but they refused to use them. Then Brian scooped up the ducklings with a pool net, but the mother stayed in the pool and the ducklings jumped back in to be with her. Finally, we put a ceramic turtle and some lava rocks from my fire pit on the top step of the pool and chased the mother in that direction. The mother jumped out, and the ducklings eventually figured out how to climb the turtle and rocks to safely escape.

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