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Nine ducklings saved from storm drain by Kelowna firefighters

Some of the nine ducklings rescued on Sunday, June 26, 2017 are pictured in this submitted photo.
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June 27, 2017 - 1:00 PM

KELOWNA - Nine ducklings were rescued and reunited with their mother after falling four feet down a storm drain in Kelowna Sunday afternoon.

Firefighters arrived on scene at a neighborhood in Dilworth Mountain after receiving a call from a concerned resident.

“The mother duck was hovering over the large drain basin, as her whole brood of nine little ducklings had fallen through,” firefighter Chris Rubuliak says. “The poor little ducklings were trapped four feet down in drainage, they were swimming around but had no way to get out.”

Rubuliak says the spaces in the grate covering the storm drain were quite large, making it easy for the ducklings to fall through.

After firefighters lifted the grate out of the way, Rubuliak used a fishing net to scoop the ducklings out.

“Within four or five seconds they were back with their mom and following her around, she wasn’t going to leave them there - it was pretty cute.”

From cats and dogs, to turtles and ducks, Rubuliak says almost every firefighter has a story about saving an animal.

“We’d had a quite day up until that point so it was definitely a feel good story,” he says. “There’s always something new and different. It was a pretty cool call compared to everything else.”

Kelowna firefighter Chris Rubuliak, left, saved nine ducklings from a storm drain on Sunday, June 25, 2017.
Kelowna firefighter Chris Rubuliak, left, saved nine ducklings from a storm drain on Sunday, June 25, 2017.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED

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