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Austin Family Helps Rescue Trapped Ducklings

Posted at: 05/16/2013 10:39 PM
Updated at: 05/16/2013 10:43 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- A helpful family acted quickly to rescue 16 ducklings from a storm drain in Austin on Thursday morning.

Kirsten Nelson was eating breakfast when she saw a family of ducks walking towards 4th Street around 7 a.m. on Thursday. Fearing the ducks wouldn’t make it across the busy street, she went outside to intercept them.

By the time she reached the street, all 17 of the ducklings had fallen through a grate and into the storm drain.

Nelson sent her son to retrieve an extendable claw grabber from her mother’s house nearby, and when he returned, Nelson set about rescuing the ducklings.

"I had to lie down in the street and put my arm way down into the storm drain, use the grabber and pick them out duckling by duckling,” Nelson said. “The mom sat right behind me about six inches and watched me the whole time."

Nelson, along with her son and daughter, rescued 16 ducklings, but a 17th duckling ran down the drain system making it impossible for Nelson to rescue it.

As of late Thursday night the duckling was still in the storm drain, but the family said they would keep trying until they got it out.