Creative Firefighters Rescue Stuck Ducklings in California

Written by Melissa Breyer

It’s heartening to know that despite it all, firefighters are still rescuing baby animals in need.

Sometimes lately the modern world can feel like a pretty grim place. But then we hear of a simple little story that could have sprung straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting, and everything feels just a tiny bit better. This story is one of those.

One recent morning in Alameda County, California, Engine 10 got a call about two wee ducklings caught in a storm drain. OK so right there: A) Someone called the fire department about two ducklings and B) The fire department showed up.

But then the scared ducklings refused to come out.

So what to do? Break out a YouTube video of a mama duck a-quacking, of course! Which is exactly what firefighter Brendan Burke did. The ducklings responded by inching towards their rescuers, who swiftly scooped up the duo and placed them into a box

However … there was no duckling family in sight. Instead of calling Animal Control, they searched the area for almost an hour, to no avail. In a last-ditch effort, they checked the Monarch Bay Golf Club and lo and behold, spotted a family of ducks in the distance, says Brian Centoni, an engineer with the Alameda County Fire Department.

When Burke approached, the duck and her 10 nestlings initially retreated, reports SF Gate, until one of the wayward ducklings released a chirp. Mama duck approached and rounded up the missing two and the family was happily reunited.

“It was kind of special,” Centoni says. “Brendan said it was one of the most sentimental moments of his career. He was 100 percent sure we’d found the right family.”

So maybe the world feels like a bit of a mess, but at least for one family of ducks in California, all is well.

Hats off to Alameda County Engine 10, may your compassion be contagious.

This post originally appeared on TreeHugger.

Photo Credit: Maureen Leong-Kee/Flickr

79 comments

Ingrid A
Ingrid A20 days ago

That's good

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Kelsey S
Kelsey S20 days ago

Thanks

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Carole R
Carole R22 days ago

Thank you. They are heroes. 🐤

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Cindy M. Dutka
Cindy M. D25 days ago

Alabama County Engine 10 you have my utmost respect and admiration. Thank you for all you do as firefighters and as caring human beings.

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Cindy S
Cindy Smith25 days ago

awesome

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RICKY SLOAN
RICKY SLOAN26 days ago

GREAT

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Christine Stewart

Thank you to the firefighters for saving the ducklings!

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Sue R
Sue R27 days ago

Great story.

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BĂ©atrice GUILLAUME

Cela me donne du baume au coeur. Merci......

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Leanne K
Leanne K27 days ago

Oh I love this story! Thankyou Care2

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