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.

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