Original article posted June 7, 2016 in the Toledo Blade - Jon Victor

A mallard duck raising her young on the roof of the Commodore Perry apartment building has evaded capture — for now.

Eight ducklings hatched Friday morning in a flowerpot on the building’s penthouse balcony.

Since then, workers from Nature’s Nursery, a nonprofit organization that provides medical assistance to wild animals, have tried twice to remove the duck and her babies, fearing that they could starve there or fall from the balcony’s great height.

But whenever the mother mallard senses the workers closing in on her, she flies off to a nearby perch, making a capture impossible.

Nature’s Nursery workers want to transport the mother and the ducklings together, to keep the family intact. They will try again in the coming days.

Until then, residents John Anning and Emily Robertson have been caring for the duck and her babies.

“She’s beginning to get the sense that some of us humans are useful, in the sense that we’ll provide water and food,” Mr. Anning said.

A mallard duck stays near her ducklings on top of the Commodore Perry in Toledo.

A mallard duck stays near her ducklings on top of the Commodore Perry in Toledo.

A mallard duck stays near her eight ducklings that hatched this morning in a flower pot on top of the Commodore Perry in Toledo.

A mallard duck stays near her eight ducklings that hatched this morning in a flower pot on top of the Commodore Perry in Toledo.

A mallard duck keeps an eye on her ducklings that hatched in a flower pot on top of the Commodore Perry in Toledo.

A mallard duck keeps an eye on her ducklings that hatched in a flower pot on top of the Commodore Perry in Toledo.