Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

Fire crew rescues duckling family

Five ducklings were rescued by a fire crew after they got trapped down a drain in Middlesbrough (RSPCA/PA)

A fire crew carried out an unusual rescue when they pulled a family of five ducklings to safety after they got trapped down a drain.

A member of the public heard cheeping coming from the grid near Marton Road, Middlesbrough, and RSCPA Inspector Clare Wilson was called in to help.

She could hear the birds moving about and, with the help of a passer-by, lifted the cover but could not see the ducklings.

A fire crew then poured water into the drainage system to flush the babies through and Inspector Wilson was able to catch them in her net and lift them to safety.

Unfortunately, their mother was scared off by Monday's commotion and despite the inspector's efforts, she could not be found.

The ducklings were taken to a local wildlife centre where they will be reared and released when they are old enough.

Deputy Chief Inspector John Lawson said: "I would urge the public to leave wildlife alone unless, as in this situation, they are obviously in trouble and need our help.

"I'm so glad we managed to get them out safe and sound and would like to thank Cleveland Fire Brigade who always attend quickly and are happy to help me get animals out of danger when needed."

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