Ten little ducks went swimming one day – but unlike the nursery rhyme it wasn’t over the hill and far away.

The duckling were spotted trapped two-feet down a drain on Saturday (12 May) at Heol Porth Teigr, Cardiff, with the member of public alerting the RSPCA.

Ducklings rescue Cardiff May18 pic3On arrival RSPCA animal collection officer (ACO) Gary Lucas found the ducks down the drain sitting on mud as the drain was blocked.

He said: “The storm drain was outside the BBC Roath Lock studio building and the ducks had fallen around two-feet down. They were chirping away and their mother – a mallard – was close by.

“I wasn’t able to gain access to the drain so I contacted South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, who promptly sent the Cardiff Central white watch crew.”

Using lifting equipment the fire crew were able to remove the cover and retrieve the ducks safely.

ACO Lucas said: “The ducklings were unharmed and their mother was delighted to be reunited with them. They were then released in the nearby lock where they swam off happily.

“Luckily the drain had been blocked by mud, so they hadn’t become stuck further down and away from reach.

Ducklings rescue Cardiff May18 pic5“I’d like to thank the fire service for their assistance and also the caller who called us about the trapped ducklings. It was great to see the ducklings and their mum swim away after their frightening ordeal.”

If you wish to help RSPCA Cymru complete rescues such as this, you can donate online. The RSPCA is a charity and relies on public donations. If you encounter a wild animal you think needs help, call the RSPCA’s 24-hour emergency line on 0300 1234 999 or visit the RSPCA’s website.