Five new born ducklings trapped in a Staffordshire drain have been rescued.
The ducklings are thought to be just three days old.
They were spotted at 8am yesterday, stuck in the gulley on Kibblestone Road in Oulton, near Stone.
Local residents alerted Staffordshire County Council, who deployed their "highway heroes" to save the ducklings.
The ducklings were taken to the British Wildlife Rescue Centre.
They will be housed in an incubator until their feathers are full enough to keep them warm, before moving into a special shed to aid their recovery.
It is hoped that they will return to the wild at three months old.
County Councillor Mike Maryon, Cabinet member for Highways and Transport said:
“This is a heart warming story that could have ended in tragedy for the five ducklings if our team hadn’t responded so quickly.
"It was very lucky that members of the community alerted us to the situation and that the crew was able to rescue them before they came to any harm.
“The highways team does some tough jobs, braving snow and ice to grit the roads, clearing up fallen trees when gale force winds blow and maintaining and upgrading the road network but this rescue shows they are a very soft hearted bunch.”
– County Councillor Mike Maryon, Cabinet member for Highways and Transport
“This is a heart warming story that could have ended in tragedy."
Dawn Blacker, Manager at the British Wildlife Rescue Centre, added:
“The ducklings are settling in very well and were very lucky that they were found."
"We are keeping them nice and warm in the incubator at the moment and will monitor them closely to make sure they grow and develop as they would have done if their mother was with them.
“We would like to see them back in the wild in around 12 weeks’ time but in the meantime, people can visit them, and our 52 other ducks, seven days a week and keep an eye on their progress.”