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Firies to rescue as baby animals get into trouble

Ducklings rescued from a stormwater drain on Glenlyon Street on Sunday, November 16.
Ducklings rescued from a stormwater drain on Glenlyon Street on Sunday, November 16. Contributed

DUCKLINGS one day, kittens the next.

Gladstone firefighters have this week acted as saving graces for spring's newest arrivals.

On Sunday, crews were called to aid a group of six ducklings stuck down a stormwater drain.

The rescue took place around 4pm on Sunday, near the duckponds on Glenlyon St. 

A phone call was received again the same time on Monday, this time with a black three-week-old kitten that needed rescuing from a drainpipe at Toolooa St shops.

Station officer Graham Smith said the call had come from the staff at Century One next door, who said a noise that sounded like a cat was coming from the pipe.

"It appears that he has fallen down the pipe," he said.

"We don't know where he has come from, whether he is a stray or belongs to someone, but he is safe now."

Two crews used a large ladder and several onlookers watched as the drainpipe was cut, freeing the shaken and soggy kitten.

While the ducklings were quickly waddling on their way to be reunited with mum, the kitten was taken to receive veterinary care.

Topics:  ducks, firefighters, gladstone, kittens, pet rescue




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