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Firefighters lend a hand to distressed ducklings in West Sacramento

West Sacramento firefighters rescued 12 ducklings trapped in a sewer pipe.
West Sacramento firefighters rescued 12 ducklings trapped in a sewer pipe. West Sacramento Fire Department

West Sacramento firefighters have some new feathered friends after rescuing ducklings trapped in a storm drain.

The West Sacramento Fire Department posted to its Facebook page about the Saturday incident, which involved the department’s Engine 44. Responding to a call for help, the fire crew pulled a dozen ducklings from the drain and returned them to their mother, who was waiting nearby.

The Yolo County Animal Services Shelter, whose employees assisted with the rescue, reported that the rescue was tricky because the storm drain split into three lines and the frightened baby ducks scampered down them too far to be reached. Firefighters used the hoses from their engine to push the ducklings to a more accessible spot with low-pressure bursts of water, and animal control workers scooped them up with a net. The entire rescue took about an hour.

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