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UConn firefighters rescue 8 ducklings; reunited with mom

May 6, 2019

STORRS - University of Connecticut firefighters at Storrs carried out a “confined space rescue” Sunday afternoon to reunite eight ducklings with their mom and siblings after they fell into a catch basin near the school’s chemistry building.

Bystanders called for help after seeing the distraught mother duck and two ducklings called for the others who were in a nearby catch basin, according to the UConn Public Safety Facebook page.

UConn firefighters set up access to the basin with a ladder and tethered a fighter who went in and was able to rescue six of the eight, the post said. The other two were swimming south in the drain tubing so firefighters lured them with Rise Krispies to the next catch basin were they were successfully rescued.

The mother and her young were all seen swimming together on nearby Swan Lake a short while later, firefighters said.