Trapped ducklings rescued by community with ladle

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Four ducklings stuck down a grate were rescued as a community came together to retrieve them with a ladle.

Andy Ryan, a production editor, spotted a duck with some ducklings on the pavement as he was walking to his home in Penkridge, Staffordshire, on Wednesday lunchtime.

People attempt to retrieve ducklings from under a grate
The group worked together to retrieve the ducklings (Andy Ryan/PA)

He said he tried to encourage them to go in the direction of the canal, but the mother duck refused to go more than 30 yards.

“It was quacking loudly and was evidently stressed,” he said.

Mr Ryan, 45, said he was soon joined by other locals trying to help, and one of them – a postman – spotted some ducklings trapped under a grate.

The ducklings are placed into a box
The group placed the ducklings into a box to transport them to the canal (Andy Ryan/PA)

“Then a lady ran over with a long plastic ladle.

“She and the tool guy somehow extracted four tiny trilling birds from between the narrow grates.”

When the birds still seemed reluctant to head off to the water, one of the rescuers retrieved a box and they put the ducklings inside.

The ducklings were released by the canal
The ducklings were released by the canal (Andy Ryan/PA)

Eventually they left the ducklings by the canal and the birds followed their mother into the water.

Mr Ryan returned later in the day and found they were still “swimming happily together”.

He added: “The whole experience made me feel proud to live in a community where everyone pitches in to help our most vulnerable, albeit non-human, members.”

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