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May 14, 2012 / schulerbooks

Independent Bookstores: Good for more than just books!

Our Lansing store had an adventure last week of the fluffy, semi-aquatic variety, when we

Scared little peeper, waiting for its last sibling to be rescued.

were called upon to perform a Daring Duck Rescue!

Upon parking his car last Thursday, Craig, the store’s accounts manager, noticed a stray mama duck looking rather lost and flustered in our back parking lot. Once he got out of his car, the peeping of baby ducks became audible, but not apparent — until he realized that he could hear them through a sewer grate. Mama was upset because she couldn’t get to them, and they couldn’t get out.

Schuler staff to the rescue! On the first attempt, SEVEN adorably fuzzy ducklings were rescued via a net attached to a broom handle. They were released with the mama across the street (and far away from the drain grate!).

Manager Dewey (far right) and kitchen manager Jonathan (middle) trying to spot the two remaining ducklings, while Matt gives them moral support. I am helping enormously by taking pictures.

When I arrived for the afternoon shift, it had become apparent that there were still two ducklings trapped in the sewer. If you hollered “ducklings,” they would peep back at you, but they were floating on the water between two grates, making it impossible to spot them.

Dewey, reuniting the final two duckies.

Bookstore ingenuity triumphed again with the addition of another broom handle for extra length, and some dedicated fluffy-fishing brought our two newest friends to the surface. We weren’t able to locate their mom, but took them to a local farm where they could be raised in safety.

So tell me, how many ducks has Amazon saved in your neighborhood lately? 😉






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  1. M. RaindancerStahl / May 14 2012 9:37 pm

    I’ve heard this story before…

    • schulerbooks / May 14 2012 9:40 pm

      Rescuing ducks is definitely nothing new, but it made for a fun day!

  2. Patty D / May 14 2012 11:03 pm

    I love this story. Thank you. And I love Schuler Books in downtown GR and on Alpine (my two closest stores).

  3. Manda Murawski / May 15 2012 1:12 am Good time to re-read this classic!

  4. Drew / May 15 2012 5:44 am

    Great story and photos! Very cool that you all took the time to help those ducks.

  5. Mark N. / May 15 2012 4:31 pm

    You guys are great, and have given me further reason to love Schuler Books (but I’m not just staying that because I’m Schuler “employee alumni”). Good work and ingenuity on that duck rescue!

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