Firefighter Uses YouTube Duck Calls to Rescue Ducklings

Firefighter Uses YouTube Duck Calls to Rescue Ducklings
Firefighters prepare to head out to the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., on June 29, 2012. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

LITTLETON, Colo.—A flock of ducklings is safe in suburban Denver after a firefighter used a recording of duck calls to coax some of them from a storm drain.

A video from South Metro Fire Rescue shows how a firefighter was able to scoop out four of the birds in the water at the bottom of the drain on Thursday. Four others, though, were hiding in an adjacent pipe.

The firefighter held up his cellphone to an opening in the pipe and played a YouTube video of duck calls. The ducklings walked toward the sound.

The fire district says the ducklings were reunited with their mother, who was nearby.

2 Boys Helped Rescue a Group of Ducklings

In a similar story, two young men helped rescue eight ducklings from a sewer in Savannah, Georgia.

According to the Savannah Police Department, an officer was sent out to investigate a complaint about an animal in distress on Tuesday night, April 16.

When they arrived at the scene, these two friends of nature, Derrick and Noah, were already there trying to free a group of ducklings from a storm drain.

Together, the three of them managed to get all of the ducks to safety, and they are now recovering at a wildlife preserve.

The Savannah Police Department posted a little thank-you on their Facebook page, and people are loving it.

“That’s so awesome! Little boys helping nature!” someone wrote. “Way to go Derrick and Noah!”

Here’s an interesting fact about ducks: According to the Oxford Dictionary, a group of ducks on land is called a “safe.” How very fitting.

Drivers Drop Everything to Help Ducks on Busy Highway


Random acts of kindness aren’t limited to just nice deeds done between people as these drivers demonstrate.

A brood of tiny ducklings were dangerously attempting to cross a busy highway when passing-by drivers noticed and immediately jumped out of their cars to help.

Despite the situation also being dangerous for the drivers themselves, they selflessly did everything they could to help these ducklings safely cross the road.

The CNN Wire and NTD News reporter Melina Chan contributed to this report.

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