Mallard Mystery: Where are the Plano Parking Lot Ducklings?

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PLANO—Call it a Mallard Mystery.

“I was going to bring my grandkids to see them and they were gone,” shopper Janet James said.

By Monday all of our feathered friends at this busy Plano Shopping Plaza vanished. We’ve been keeping up with the Mallard Mama who started her nest here, and her dozen plus babies that started hatching Good Friday.

“I went outside, took a picture, and about 25 to 30 minutes after that, a customer came in and said 'Where are the ducks?'” Parcel Post Owner Vickie Polanco said.

Did Millie head to water? Or could this have been a duck napping? She didn’t fly the coop without leaving a clue.

“This is the only thing that was left,” Vickie Polanco said, holding a feather.

A feather. 2 eggshells. And a witness.

“The day before Easter, I saw them walking off the curb, and the mother was taking them across the parking lot—out towards the road,” said Bobbie Windham, who works nearby.

So NewsFix decided to investigate the nearest pond at this apartment complex.  No Millie.  Then we had to call 911.

911 Wildlife Rescue, that is.  We were hot on Millie’s quack..err..track.

“We had gone over to check on them, and she had already led them away,” 911 Wildlife Rescue President Bonnie Bradshaw said.  “I’m not sure where she took them, she probably took them under some shrubs.”

And Bonnie knows. There was a quacking crowd of Mallards in her backyard; however, this family of ducks weren't the Plano parking lot ducklings.  Another momma duck decided to make her home conveniently in Bradshaw's 911 Wildlife Rescue headquarters.  Lucky Duck!

Bradshaw says if you find a sitting duck, don’t drop ‘em off at the lake.

“It takes them 8 weeks before they’re able to fly," Windham said."The pond is where the predators are.”

Bradshaw also stressed the importance of putting some sort of ramp inside your pool if ducks make a home there.

Will the case of the empty nest ever be solved?