Fire crew rescues duckling family

Fire crew rescues duckling family

DRAIN RESCUE: An RSPCA photo of five ducklings that were rescued by a fire crew after they got trapped down a drain near Marton Road, Middlesbrough

DRAIN RESCUE: A fire crew carry out an unusual rescue for a family of five ducklings

DRAIN RESCUE: A fire crew carry out an unusual rescue for a family of five ducklings

Undated RSPCA handout photo of five ducklings that were rescued by a fire crew after they got trapped down a drain near Marton Road, Middlesbrough. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday July 17, 2014. See PA story RESCUE Ducklings. Photo credit sh

Undated RSPCA handout photo of a fire crew carrying out an unusual rescue when they pulled a family of five ducklings to safety after they got trapped down a drain near Marton Road, Middlesbrough. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday July 17, 201

Undated RSPCA handout photo of a fire crew carrying out an unusual rescue when they pulled a family of five ducklings to safety after they got trapped down a drain near Marton Road, Middlesbrough. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday July 17, 201

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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 youngsters 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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