Seven duck­lings res­cued in Whiti

Hauraki Herald - - OUT & ABOUT - CAITLIN MOORBY

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Pat Doak car­ried out a less tra­di­tional res­cue on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

A mother duck and her seven duck­lings needed his help.

At 1.30pm, Doak, of Whi­tianga Po­lice, re­ceived a call from a dis­tressed hus­band and wife who had dis­cov­ered seven duck­lings stuck down a drain.

‘‘They were ab­so­lutely be­side them­selves,’’ Doak said.

He ar­rived at the scene on Mer­cury St in Whi­tianga and swiftly de­cided it was a job for the fire bri­gade.

‘‘There was a grat­ing on top of the drain, about 2 me­tres wide,’’ he said.

‘‘The fire chief came down with his crew and cut and re­moved the grat­ing.

‘‘One of the boys got in the drain and shooed the duck­lings down into a white­bait net.’’

Doak hoped there were only seven duck­lings to be­gin with, be­cause only seven were saved.

‘‘They were re­united with their mother and last seen do­ing a run­ner into the bushes.’’

The res­cue took about half an hour, Doak said.

Michelle and Tony Mey­naert were the dis­tressed call­ers who found the duck­lings in the drain and di­alled 111.

‘‘We had no­ticed the mother duck and five duck­lings wan­der­ing around by the drain ear­lier,’’ Michelle said.

‘‘I went off to do a few jobs and when I came back my hus­band was across the road in a state with his head in the drain. ‘‘All of them had fallen in.’’ Michelle rang the coun­cil who ad­vised they call the SPCA, but the clos­est SPCA is in Thames.

Next, she went around to the fire sta­tion but couldn’t find any­one there. That’s when she di­alled 111. ‘‘I’m just happy they got all seven duck­lings out.

‘‘They all ran up to their mum af­ter­wards.

‘‘This is just a great ex­am­ple of small com­mu­ni­ties – it’s great to see a bunch of blokes leave their jobs for ducks.’’

Seven duck­lings were safely res­cued from a Whi­tianga drain.

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