A duckling has been rescued after becoming trapped in a storm drain in Durham.
The RSPCA was called at around 9.30pm on Saturday night (11 April) and an officer went straight out to Caterhouse Road.
RSPCA Inspector Kaye Forsyth said: “I got there fairly quickly as I was only 10 minutes away from the location.
“The duckling had been with its mother and siblings and had fallen down a drain on the housing estate.
“Unfortunately, the duckling’s mother had left the scene with her other young when I arrived.
“The caller had already broken a hammer trying to get the duckling out, with no joy.
“I was able to see into the drain with my torch and could see the duckling swimming around in there, but, like the caller, couldn’t get the drain cover off.
“I called County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue and, luckily, the station is literally around the corner so they arrived just 5 minutes later, got the cover off and I fished the duckling out with my net.
“The duckling seemed to be fit and well so I took them to a local wildlife expert who will care for them until they’re old enough to be released back into the wild.”
Kaye added: “I’m really grateful to the animal lover who tried so hard to help the duckling, and stayed with them until we arrived and the fire and rescue service who were excellent and ensured we could get the little duck out.”
The RSPCA is continuing an emergency-only service through the lockdown period.
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