‘Quack Rescue Team’ Rescues Seven Ducklings From Christchurch Storm Sewers


Seven ducklings were rescued from a storm sewer on Cashmere Rd on Monday afternoon.

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Seven ducklings were rescued from a storm sewer on Cashmere Rd on Monday afternoon.

A self-proclaimed “quack rescue team” of firefighters rescued seven ducklings trapped in a storm sewer.

The Spreydon Fire Station team in Christchurch were called to the scene on Cashmere Rd on Monday afternoon.

Senior station officer Gerald Wilson said the seven ducklings were trapped in a circular storm sewer, with a nervous and upset mother nearby.

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He said Senior Firefighter Ross Annand walked up to the storm drain and gently removed the trapped ducklings with his hands.

“We are a quack rescue team,” he said.

“It felt really good. It was a happy ending.

“The mother duck was very happy and started walking with the seven ducklings in a row behind her.”

Seven ducklings were rescued from a storm sewer on Cashmere Rd on Monday afternoon.

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Seven ducklings were rescued from a storm sewer on Cashmere Rd on Monday afternoon.

Cashmere Early Learning Center director Vanessa Pauley called the fire department after hearing ducklings calling for help among the reeds of Cashemere Rd.

“They were making a lot of noise,” she said.

“It didn’t sound like a happy noise. I went to investigate and realized the noise was coming from a drain in the reeds.

“The mother duck was there and quite upset and didn’t want to leave them.”

Seven ducklings were rescued from a storm sewer on Cashmere Rd on Monday afternoon.

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Seven ducklings were rescued from a storm sewer on Cashmere Rd on Monday afternoon.

She brought children from the Early Learning Center to assist with the rescue.

“I thought it would be a great experience for the children. They loved it, ” she said.

“They were delighted to see the fire engine and the firefighters.

“The ducklings all swam with their mothers at the end.

“It was happy all around.”

Wilson said the station had witnessed a number of animal rescues over the years, including a cockatoo stuck in a tree and a horse sinking through quicksand.