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Firefighters rescue ducklings in Eastgate

Firefighter in sewer rescuing ducklings Firefighter in sewer rescuing ducklings
One of the rescued ducks in a box One of the rescued ducks in a box

UNION TOWNSHIP, CLERMONT COUNTY (FOX19) – A crew of Union Township firefighters spent a part of their evening rescuing a family of ducklings from a sewer in a parking lot near the Eastgate Danbarry Cinemas.

It turns out that duct tape was part of the rescue.

Melissa Sherman saw several ducklings hanging out in the parking lot Thursday night, and later passed by again and saw they were gone with the mother duck in some bushes some distance away.  She looked around the area and heard and saw the ducklings in the sewer.  Firefighters quickly responded to the area. 

They got some nets at a nearby Walmart, and a firefighter was lowered into the storm sewer, which scared the ducklings at first, but he was able to start gathering them and sending them up one by one.  They ended up blocking side entrances to the sewer with some of the nets, while duct-taping a small aquarium net to a firefighter's pole to make a device to pick up the ducks.

Most of the ducklings were rescued quickly, but the 9th and final one avoided capture for a while, finally coming up around 10 p.m.  The ducks were mallards, a common species that has adapted well to human activity, but not necessarily to sewers.

A FOX19 photographer witnessed and shot video of most of the rescue.

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