Naturally, a mama mallard is shadowed by her babies. And our Officer Bobby is used to being trailed by adoring children [seriously, it's the cutest, all-American thing ever]– but combine the two forces of nature? As my sister so aptly put in her response to my text about it, “OH JESUS DOCUMENT THAT SHIT FOR ALL THAT IS HOLY”.
So for those of you not included among Twitter-addicts (twits? twats?), we witnessed the cutest thing at work yesterday: Officer Bobby, our friendly neighborhood cop, was seen escorting a mama mallard and her dozen ducklings down Connecticut Avenue.
Office Bobby [Officer Robert Fennell of the DC Metro PD] fulfilled his duty to protect and serve Washington DC residents in what he says is the second time herding ducklings to safety. Lucky us, this time was caught on camera! He came across them wandering the streets, and clearly lost. As he does with most bewildered tourists, he tried giving them directions. When that failed, he personally escorted them to safety [i.e. the park five blocks away].
In light of a very similar instance with the White House Secret Service and likely related trouble-making mallards, I’m now convinced the DC Police/duck relationship is Washington’s version of the classic firefighter/kitten-in-a-tree scenario. As Rachel Maddow says, it’s just gotta melt your heart!
They did try to stop in for lunch at the Italian place a few doors down, but the “no shirt, no shoes, no service” policy kicked them to the curb.
My video of the precious moment:
And the Secret Service clip from awhile back, just because it’s amazing: