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Ducklings rescued from Chicago storm drain

June 29, 2011 at 12:56 PM   |   Comments

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CHICAGO, June 29 (UPI) -- Chicago police, firefighters, city workers and passersby teamed up to rescue a pair of ducklings that fell through a sewer grate.

Jamie Holbrook said she spotted the mother duck and her ducklings in a Streeterville parking garage while she was leaving work at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, WGN-TV, Chicago, reported Wednesday.

"It took three hours, (but) I led her out of the garage," Holbrook said.

Holbrook said she soon saw the ducks attempting to cross Lake Shore Drive with the help of a man who stopped traffic and she was able to scoop some of the ducklings up before two others fell through the grate of a storm drain.

Authorities were called and police held up traffic while firefighters attempted to remove the grate. However, it took a Chicago Streets and Sanitation truck to remove the grate and free the ducklings.

Holbrook said she is working to get an animal rescue organization to take care of the ducks.

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