Eight ducklings that fell into a storm drain in Southwest Washington were safely rescued Monday afternoon thanks to the effort of four D.C. agencies, authorities said.
At around 5:30 p.m., D.C. Fire and Emergency Management Services responded to 12th Street and Maine Avenue SW, where eight ducklings had fallen into the storm drain as their mother lingered unhappily nearby, said Vito Maggiolo, a spokesman for the fire department.
“Momma was leading her ducklings in the usual duck parade when they ended up falling between the grates of a storm sewer,” Maggiolo said.
Working with D.C. police, D.C. Animal Control and the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority, the D.C. fire department got the ducks safely out within an hour, according to Maggiolo.
The ducks were reunited with their mother and escorted down Maine Avenue toward water by authorities.
“All were successfully removed without injuries .. and were off to a comfortable wet location,” Maggiolo said.