FARMINGTON -- The Davis County Memorial Courthouse is no place for ducks.
Just the same, two ducklings recently took up temporary residence there, with each laying claim to its own deep courthouse window well just outside the Davis County Commission's office.
Davis County Internal Auditor Dax Teuscher said he discovered the ducks early Thursday morning while going to work.
He said he heard the ducks crying outside the commissioner's office window.
"I could hear chirping. It sounded like a baby bird," Teuscher said. "I didn't expect them to be ducks."
One employee described county staff members' initial reaction to the ducklings: "Everybody was kind of like, 'Ooohhhh.' "
How the ducklings got to the courthouse is anybody's guess, considering the closest body of water, which is in downtown Farmington, is the Lagoon amusement park lagoon.
Even then, as one county employee pointed out, that would be a long walk for such small babies.
But after coddling their new fine-feathered friends, county workers placed the ducklings in a box, which served as their temporary home until the employees found a much better, permanent home.
"We gave them to someone who has a small farm," said Pat Beckstead, Davis County election coordinator.
Which means no animal shelter time for these birds.
Davis County Animal Care & Control Director Clint Thacker said his department did receive a call on the ducklings, but that dispatch was canceled.
"Housing wildlife is not advised by animal control," he said.
Although, Thacker admitted, baby ducks can be cute.