Trapped ducklings rescued by Fla. firefighters
Firefighters used a little ingenuity and a lot of patience when a family of ducks fell into a storm drain Monday.
Shortly before 10 a.m., resident Sandy Pizarro saw a mother duck and about 10 ducklings along NE 15 Place west of Del Prado.
"When I first saw them there was about six to eight or so, but when I looked again when taking my daughter to the school bus I only saw four," she said.
When leaving again a short time later, there was only one duckling and soon that one disappeared.
Pizarro approached a dental office for help, who in turn called the fire department.
Firefighters responded and discovered the ducklings had fallen through a very narrow grate at the entrance to Capri Commons. There was no way to open up the area and get down to the ducklings, which were approximately 2 to 3 feet below ground.
It didn't take long for the crews to come up with a safe way to get to the ducks.
"Since there was no way to get down to the ducks, and since ducks love water, it made sense to float the ducks up to within reach," said Michael Heeder, public information officer for the Cape Coral Fire Department.
Firefighters used tank water to fill the drain. As the water rose inside the catch basin, the ducks floated toward the grate.
Engineer Todd Clark, using a pair of tongs, was able to reach in and pull the ducklings to safety all while the mother duck kept a watchful eye from a distance.
What was thought to be eight to 10 ducks ended up being 20 ducklings, and all were saved by the firefighters.
It took nearly an hour to catch all of the ducklings.
None of them were injured in the rescue effort and once all ducklings were removed, mother duck and her children found shelter in a culvert nearby.
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