Banker saves 12 ducklings jumping off of building (video)

I know, you’d rather see a duckling NOT save twelve bankers jumping off a building.

A banker in Spokane, Washington saves 12 trapped ducklings.  After watching that video of the bombing 1,000 times today, consider this your palate cleanser.

From ABC:

For the past 35 days, [Joel] Armstrong watched as a mother duck nested on a ledge outside his office window…two blocks from the Spokane River in Washington state. On Saturday morning, Armstrong arrived in town for the annual Lilac Festival parade. Seeing the newly hatched ducklings nervously pacing back and forth on the ledge, he knew they were stuck. Their mother stood waiting below, but the jump off the ledge was too far for the ducklings.

So the banker got down below, at 5:45am, and stood there for hours trying to coax the ducklings to jump – and they did, one by one into his arms. Absolutely precious.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/pamela.edwards.96 Pamela Edwards

    Great video would rather have seen 12 bankers jump off the ledge,but this is still a keeper.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    We once lived in Bennington Vt. on a farm separated from the Walloomsac River by a very busy local road. Every Spring Geese would hatch their eggs in the river island and make their way across the road, across the farm acreage and to the old pond in back, where they would spend the day. They had to trek the distance, because the chicks were so young. Everybody on our road put out signs and kept an eye out for them. There’s nothing like baby animals to bring out the best in folks.

  • keirmeister

    Y’know what? That really was good to watch. Thanks John!

  • rmthunter

    I remember walking along North Michigan Avenue just north of the river — one of the busiest streets in Chicago — one spring day and watched as traffic came to a screeching halt and everyone sat there while a mother duck led her brood across the street.

    In spite of it all, I remain convinced that people are basically decent.

  • milli2

    Great great story, but hate to rain on someone’s parade – those babies are hard wired to jump from high up on their own. Their nests are usually built in tree cavities. But it was sure nice to see someone with a heart, and to see they made sure they got to water safely. Good on humanity….

  • Rob

    Very sweet, especially after yesterday.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Thank you, John. Yes, after today, I needed this.

  • Max_1

    The Ducks’ Day
    May 16, 2009
    http://www.spokesman.com/video/2009/may/16/ducks-day/

    Here is a slideshow of the hen duck and her twelve ducklings and how they made it to the river with the help of bank employees, kids, the media and many bystanders. This is the duck that has nested on the Sherwood Building in Spokane for the last two years, and, as last year, banker Joel Armstrong took over the duties of getting the tiny ducklings down from the awning where they were hatched. He also guided the tiny family to Riverfront Park and the Spokane River.

  • freewayblogger

    Thanks for this one John – it did make my day. “Stare not too long into the abyss…” as they say…

  • http://www.zazzle.com/fierylocks FieryLocks

    Sweet :)

  • SkippyFlipjack

    The ducklings should have said “screw the 1%, we’re Occupying this goddamn ledge”

    (great video, thanks for posting)

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    That was funny, though :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/eve.condon Eve Wartenberg Condon

    please, not today…

  • HoldenLitgo

    Then he went back to his office to foreclose some families out of their homes. And the ducks lived happily ever after. The End.

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