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(News-Press.com) - Make way for ducklings. But on Monday when they lost their way, Cape Coral firefighters came to their rescue.

A family of ducks got stuck in a storm drain near the Capri Commons Office Complex off Del Prado Boulevard. That morning just before 10 a.m., a resident saw a mother duck leading her little ones. When she first noticed a brood of 10, but another glance showed four then one. A short time later, even that one disappeared. She went to a dental office for help and the fire department was called.

Cape Coral firefighters from Engine 5 and Rescue 5 responded and discovered the ducklings had fallen through a narrow grate at the entrance to Capri Commons, according to Michael Heeder, public information officer for the department. There was no way to get down to the ducklings that were approximately two to three feet below ground.

Firefighters used water from their tanks to fill the drain. A few duckings turned into 20. All were saved, and all floated toward the grate as the water rose inside the catch basin.

Engineer Todd Clark reached in pulling each ducking to safety unscathed using a pair of tongs. After an hour once all were accounted for, mother duck and babies found shelter in a culvert.

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