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Stranded ducklings freed from sewer

Published 29/05/2015

Stranded ducklings were coaxed out of a sewer
Stranded ducklings were coaxed out of a sewer

Two ducklings have been freed after rescuers used an iPad recording of the mother duck's quack to coax them out of a sewer.

A couple of holidaymakers visiting Burton Bradstock in West Dorset discovered the mother duck quacking loudly near a manhole with her other eight offspring, Wessex Water said.

After having a closer look, they could hear a squeaking sound coming from further down the drain and called Wessex Water to see if they could unlock the manhole and retrieve the ducklings who were only a few days old.

Sewerage technicians Brendan Sutcliffe and Keith Carter enticed the ducklings out of the drain and back into view with the sound of their mother's quack on the iPad before catching them using a colander and a badminton racket.

"The mother duck was clearly very panicked and worried for her young, so when we reunited her with the ducklings it was quite a touching moment," Mr Sutcliffe said.

After the excitement of the reunion the ducks happily swam away on a nearby stream.

Mr Carter, one of the south west's longest serving sewer workers with more than 34 years under his belt, retired this week.

"It was a lovely way for him to end his career and he went out on a high," Mr Sutcliffe said.

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