Ducklings Trapped in Storm Drain Rescued With Fry Basket

Mallard Duck
Posted at 3:48 PM, Jun 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-02 15:48:00-04

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - The parents of six Mallard ducklings watched anxiously rescuers scooped their babies from a storm drain in downtown Lakeland using a Hooters frying basket.   

The Ledger ( ) reports that the manager of a Hooters restaurant called officials on Sunday after hearing chirping noises coming from a drain.  

Officials found the ducklings trapped in a 25-foot-long pipe connecting a manhole cover and a storm drain grate.   

Rescuers used a fry basket by attaching it to a pole to retrieve all six of the baby ducks. The ducklings' parents flew overhead during the rescue.   

Once all of the ducklings were safe, they were placed in a small crate and taken to a nearby retention pond, where the family was reunited.