BRUNSWICK POLICE Commander of Patrol Tom Garrepy helps escort a family of ducks across the street Thursday.

BRUNSWICK POLICE Commander of Patrol Tom Garrepy helps escort a family of ducks across the street Thursday.

Many folks are familiar with Maine author Robert McCloskey’s children’s classic, “Make Way for Ducklings,” where Boston Police stop traffic to allow a family of ducks to cross a busy road safely. Life imitated art Thursday morning in Brunswick, where police briefly stopped traffic at a busy intersection to save a duckling that had fallen into a storm drain, and helped make sure the rest of the baby bird’s family crossed the road safely.

According to a Facebook post from the Brunswick Police Department, police were alerted to the ducks by a concerned citizen of the situation at the intersection of Stanwood and Pleasant streets, which is also the location of Brunswick police headquarters.

Police successfully retrieved the trapped duckling and ensured the duck family made it safely to the nearby Androscoggin River.

Police say it was a team effort to help the family of ducks, with contributions from the Patrol Division, Criminal Investigators, School Resource Officer, Parking and Animal Control.

“We apologize for having to temporarily close the roads, but people seemed much more forgiving for the delay when they watched the family of ducks make it safely across!” the post read. The department’s story earned hundreds of likes on the social media network within an hour of it being posted Thursday afternoon.

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