A plucky duckling which got himself stuck down in underground pipes was safely rescued – after an RSPCA officer played a DUCK video on her phone!


RSPCA Animal Collection Officer Cat Strawford was tasked with rescuing the duckling from Amington Industrial Estate, in Sandy Way, Tamworth, after a concerned member of the public contacted the animal welfare charity.

Cat said: “The poor duckling had fallen down a drain and as a result had got himself stuck in underground pipes. He was so far within the pipes that I could hear him but sadly I was unable to see or reach him.”

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service attended to help – but still the duckling couldn’t be reached.

Cat added: “We contacted the drain company DynoRod and a workman opened a manhole further up the road for me. There was still no way we were able to reach the duckling so I decided to bring up some duck noises from YouTube on my phone and played them down the pipes. We were running out of options so it seemed to be the best thing to do.

“The sound must have echoed all the way down the pipes, and next thing I know the duckling came running out and I caught him with my net!

“It was such a good rescue as we all pulled together – and it had such a lovely happy ending.”

The duckling is now being cared for at the RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre, in Cheshire.

If you see an animal in distress, please contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999. For more information on what to do if you find a potentially orphaned wild animal, visit our website at www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/wildlife/orphanedanimals


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