Road Agent Dave Reinhold holds a duck that he rescued from a chimney in the Epping Town Hall Tuesday after it became stuck. (COURTESY)
Stuck duck just part of a town hall tradition in Epping
“I was a little nervous because I thought if we opened it up, something was going to fly out at us,” said Fogg, Epping’s town accountant.
“It was two times right in a row and I heard stuff falling and I thought, ‘There’s got to be something in there,’” she said.
He saw feathers and wings and thought it was some kind of bird sitting on eggs in the chimney. But when he grabbed a flashlight and got a closer look, he noticed a big beak.
Moments later, the stuck duck popped its head down into the fireplace.
At that point, Reinhold put his hands up into the chimney to try to pull the Muscovy duck to safety.
After a few tries, Reinhold was able to free the duck, leaving behind a few feathers. Reinhold held him for a little while, and gave him some water.
Reinhold said he took the duck outside to a bridge over the Lamprey River; as soon as he held out his hands, the duck flew off into the water.
This isn’t the first time Epping town employees have encountered wildlife in the 19th century brick town hall.
In 2009, the town hall was targeted by a flock of pigeons that perched on the bell tower and dumped hundreds of droppings on the walkway below.
When Fogg moved into her new office with the old fireplace in April, a small bird somehow made it inside to greet her.
“I never thought this was going to be a duck,” Fogg said.