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VIDEO: Ducklings Jump Off Roof Of Asbury Park Restaurant

ASBURY PARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) -- One New Jersey restaurant has duck on its menu and ducklings jumping off its roof.

Seven ducklings hatched on the roof of the Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten in Asbury Park, then wanted to follow their mother to the ground Thursday.

Office manager Adria Alfro said workers spotted the nest several weeks ago and shielded it from customers.

When her boss, Jennifer Lampert, arrived Thursday, the mother duck was on the ground quacking, Alfro said. Then she felt something brush by her and realized the ducklings were jumping.

"I turned to walk into the building and something flew right by my shoulder and dropped to the ground," Lampert told 1010 WINS. "I looked and it was one of the ducklings. I looked up and you could see them all standing on the ledge. I didn't know what to do."

The sous chef Tim Spielman used his hat to catch two of the ducklings, and Alfro stopped traffic so the family could cross the street and make it to Wesley Lake.

The restaurant posted video of the rescue on its Facebook page.

"We got one that kind of got lost in the brush back to its mom, and watched them walk into the lake," Lampert said. "It was pretty was exciting."

Restaurant employees named the ducklings Hans, Tobias, Greta, Pavol, Filip, Marta and Sebestian.

"We certainly would welcome mama duck back, we'd love to find a way for the ducklings to not jump off the building but if that's what they do, then I guess that's what they do," Lampert said.

Perhaps the ducklings realized the German restaurant was offering a duck special this week.

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