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Idaho officer dubbed 'duckling liberator' after sewer rescue

By Ben Hooper
Idaho officer dubbed 'duckling liberator' after sewer rescue
An Eagle, Idaho, police officer uses a plastic container to scoop ducklings out of the sewer. Screenshot: Storyful

EAGLE, Idaho, April 21 (UPI) -- An Idaho police officer is being hailed by colleagues as a "duckling liberator" after he rescued 10 baby ducks from a storm sewer.

The Ada County Sheriff's Office shared footage from Eagle Police Officer Zach Helbach's body camera showing his encounter with the waterfowl family about 9 a.m. Wednesday.

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Helbach responded to a call from a resident about a distressed mother duck and he arrived to find the matriarch squawking at the storm sewer.

The footage shows the officer fish seven of the ducklings out of the sewer using a plastic container.

The sheriff's office said Helbach then went to a manhole down the street to rescue three more ducklings that had gotten separated from their siblings.

"Once I got them all out, mom got 'em all together and they just walked over to a nearby irrigation canal," Helbach said.

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