Ducklings rescued after fall

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FENTON, MO (KTVI) – A mother duck was separated from her ducklings at SSM St. Clare Health Center in St. Louis. An hour later, the ducklings were saved from a storm water drain. Workers saw two little duckling fall through a grate at around 10:30am. That’s when Chad Riley, who’s a painter and carpenter at the hospital sprang into action.

Riley and a couple of his colleagues quickly pulled the grate off and were able to capture one of the ducklings. The other duckling fell further down the drain. Riley entered the manhole as his colleague went to grab a 55-gallon tub on wheels. He then poured water down the drain. Riley was able to capture the second duckling in a trash can and hoist it up through the man-hole to his cheering co-workers.

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  • Rick Mayhew

    While working in the backyard the other day, I looked up to see a mother duck and nine chicks waddling by. We live across from St. Clare and I didn’t know the backstory at the time, but it was this duck family, apparently just a little while after the incident. They appeared to be doing great, thanks to the gang at St. Clare.

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