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'We save more than just cats in trees,' WFD rescues 5 trapped ducklings

A makeshift scooper and cellphone were all the tools Wichita firefighters needed to rescue five ducklings on Tuesday.
A makeshift scooper and cellphone were all the tools Wichita firefighters needed to rescue five ducklings on Tuesday. Courtesy photo

A makeshift scooper and cellphone were all the tools Wichita firefighters needed to rescue five ducklings on Tuesday.

Fire Station 15 was called to the 8200 block of East Douglas after someone noticed several ducks were trapped in a storm drain. The ducklings were apparently following their mother when they fell in, the Wichita Fire Department said on Facebook.

The crew removed the storm drain cover and saw the ducks below swimming in water.

They designed a tool made from a trash hook, duck — er, duct — tape and an empty coffee can to scoop up the ducklings.

Four ducks were rescued, but a fifth was too deep in the storm drain to see. So the firefighters and an acting lieutenant played duck sounds on their cellphone to coax the little one out of its hiding place.

It worked.

All five ducks were uninjured and reunited with their mother.

The department wrote about the rescue on Facebook Friday night using the hashtags #WeSaveMoreThanCatsInTrees, #SaveYourEmptyCoffeeContainers, #DUCKtape? and #DuctTapeSavesLives

Nichole Manna, 316-269-6752, @Nichole Manna
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