Ducklings trapped in Polk storm drain rescued with deep frying basket

LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) — The parents of six Mallard ducklings watched anxiously as rescuers scooped their babies from a storm drain in downtown Lakeland using a Hooters frying basket.

The Ledger reports that the manager of a Hooters restaurant called officials on Sunday after hearing chirping noises coming from a drain.

Officials found the ducklings trapped in a 25-foot-long pipe connecting a manhole cover and a storm drain grate.

Rescuers used a fry basket by attaching it to a pole to retrieve all six of the baby ducks. The ducklings’ parents flew overhead during the rescue.

Once all of the ducklings were safe, they were placed in a small crate and taken to a nearby retention pond, where the family was reunited. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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