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.
âWe are a quack rescue team,â he said.
âIt 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.”
Cashmere Early Learning Center director Vanessa Pauley called the fire department after hearing ducklings calling for help among the reeds of Cashemere Rd.
âThey were making a lot of noise,â she said.
âIt 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.”
She brought children from the Early Learning Center to assist with the rescue.
âI thought it would be a great experience for the children. They loved it, ” she said.
âThey were delighted to see the fire engine and the firefighters.
âThe 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.