The two complete strangers then spent the next hour helping the newly-hatched ducklings
out of their predicament.
Liam and Lee who rescued some ducklings
who were trapped inside a tree in Birkenhead Park
Geier said that when she arrived, the mama duck stood nearby "quacking like crazy." The remaining stuck ducklings
kept crawling out of reach into a tube opening inside the sewer, so she and Nathaniel worked as a team, she said.
The Downy Duckling
Days are running over the weekend and the Washington attraction also hosts plenty of other daily crafts and activities too, including opportunities for visitors to get up close and personal with other examples of its on-site wildlife, from beetles to otters.
A spokesman for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said that the mother duck had been stood nearby, and that the RSPCA officer used the noisy ducklings
to coax her back towards the water, while crews stopped traffic on the road so she could cross safely.
A fire service spokesperson said: "Fire crews from Hyndburn assisted in rescuing 13 ducklings
from the drain and returned them to the canal with the mother."
All of the ducklings
were alive, and only when she had freed the fifth did Naomi let out a whoop and jump, her laughter waking the very air.
The orphaned ducklings
were yesterday in a box at North Wales Police's traffic base waiting for the arrival of RSPCA officers.
However, despite successfully rescuing the ducklings
, fire crews weren't able to find the mother duck.
Normally hatched ducklings
had a higher metabolic rate than that in non-hatched and assisted ducklings
(i.e., those that began to pip but did not completely hatch from the egg after more than 48 h were assisted in breaking the eggshell) .
But, results of a new study show that the newly hatched ducklings
can be so smart that they can make a distinction between "same" and "different" - without any training.
A duck call ringtone helped a Louisiana firefighter rescue six ducklings
from a storm drain.