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Monday was a lucky day for seven wayward ducklings trapped in a York Township storm drain.

Four Yoe Fire Co. firefighters spent more than an hour saving the wayward brood, and they didn't even close down the road to do it.

Assistant Fire Chief Dave Stump said the fire/rescue crew was called to Woodspring Drive near the intersection of Chestnut Hill Road about 6:50 p.m. Monday, May 7.

That's next to the Springwood Golf Course.

Stump said when they got there, the ducklings were quacking and the mother duck — who stationed herself at a nearby pond — was making noises as well, her tail feathers clearly ruffled.

"When you looked through the grate, the ducklings were all huddled down there," he said. "Two kids on bicycles found them and called for help."

Stump, Lt. Chuck Strouse and firefighters Harry Evans and Adam Friend opened up three storm grates to try to save the ducklings, but the little guys weren't immediately grateful.

In fact, it appears they were downright frightened of their rescuers.

"They kept wanting to go back up into the pipes, and obviously we (humans) can't get into the pipes," Stump said.

Flushed 'em out: The rescue crew used a water line to run water through the pipes, which flushed the ducklings to one side of the pipe or the other, at which point firefighters were able to grab them one at a time, he said.

"We're not sure if we got all of them or not ... but we listened and didn't hear any more down there," Stump said. "So we're hoping we got them all."

They put the fuzzy fowl in a plastic bin and carried it to the nearby pond, where they released the brood, he said.

"We didn't stand around and wait because we didn't want (the mother duck) to be scared off," Stump said.

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One firefighter stood watch for passing traffic as the rescuers did their work, according to Stump, and that way they didn't have to close the road to traffic.

"A lot of people were curious" about what was going on, he said.

Stump confirmed that rescuing ducklings from storm drains is a job duty that happens sometimes.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.

 

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