Seven ducklings rescued in Whiti
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.