ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The popular University of New Mexico duck pond is now empty and all the animals who call it their home have been relocated. Crews drained the pond over the weekend so they can perform routine maintenance.
Workers rounded up all the fish and turtles that live there and placed them in holding tanks. Then large tanker trucks began pumping the sludge and debris out of the pond.
This maintenance is not only important to keep the pond beautiful but to keep all the animals healthy. The 200 wild ducks at the pond have flown off to another site. UNM says they will naturally relocate back to the UNM pond once it reopens on Friday.
Crews expect to remove about 60,000 gallons of sludge. They have also found 9 cell phones at the bottom of the pond. The maintenance project is typically done every 2 years or so.