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Architect of the Capitol Installs Ramps for Duck Safety in Capitol Reflecting Pool

Gangway for ducklings!

(Photo courtesy AOC)

The Capitol Reflecting Pool has always been a favorite hang out for the ducks of D.C. The Architect of the Capitol just made it even more desirable.

Two ramps installed Monday are designed to assist the quacking members of the Capitol Hill community get in and out of the water.

“Some ducklings have trouble climbing out of the pool or returning to it once out of the water,” AOC spokeswoman Erin Courtney wrote in a blog post, citing as cause the “broad gently sloped limestone coping of the pool.”

Two-day old ducklings try to leap out of the Lower Senate Park reflecting pool on the U.S. Capitol grounds to reach their mother on Thursday, May 14, 2015. The ten ducklings swam in the pool and walked across the plaza trying to keep up with their mother. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Two-day old ducklings try to leap out of the Lower Senate Park reflecting pool on the U.S. Capitol grounds to reach their mother on Thursday, May 14, 2015. The ten ducklings swam in the pool and walked across the plaza trying to keep up with their mother. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The ramps were a collaboration effort with City Wildlife, a non-profit that rescues and helps wild animals in D.C.

Two families of ducks call the pool home, according to AOC. It spans six acres and half the D.C. area called Union Square.

As temperatures are rising in the Spring, more and more ducks come out to play in the pool. Just last week, an HOH reader took a photograph of ducks hiding from the hustle and bustle of the Capitol.

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