1. ITV Report

Duckling rescued by firefighters after falling down drain

Firefighters saved a duckling after it fell into a drain while crossing a road with its mother in Barnes.

When we arrived, the pet store worker was sat by the drain cover but the duckling had gone into the drainage pipework.

We gently sprayed a little water down several drains to try and find where they led, eventually finding a drain access hatch with a distinct sound of little chirps coming from underneath.

Once we lifted the hatch and shone some light inside we spotted the little duckling swimming around with no way to escape.

– Jonathan Kerslake, Watch Manager

Rather than leaving the duckling to fend for itself, it was left in the care of a pet store worker who arranged for some willing volunteers to patiently sit at the pond until the mother duck and siblings appeared and the duck family then swam off together.