BEDFORD, Ohio– Police spent part of their day Sunday getting a mother reunited with her offspring.
The officers were called to Broadway Avenue at about 11 a.m. Sunday after a woman noticed a mother duck in distress.
Sunny Tabler saw the mother duck and one duckling walking around the sewer drain. Tabler called police for help. The officers soon learned that 10 ducklings were inside the sewer.
Sgt. Dennis Bergansky, Animal Warden Al Benda and Detective Sgt. Rick Suts answered the call, and immediately started trying to rescue the ducks.
Sgt. Bergansky told FOX 8 News, even though he and the other rescue crews went in the manhole, they could not get them out because the ducks ran 30 ft down a pipe. The rescue crews had to lure them out 1 and 2 at a time by recording the mother quacking at them with their phones and playing it back in the manhole.
The rescue process took over an hour to complete. Once they got all 11, the officers put the ducks in a bucket and lured the mother out with a fishing net.
The mother and her ducklings went on and enjoyed the rest of Sunday’s nice weather.
**Story was updated 5/8/17- 12:00 pm- The new information reflects details provided to us by Sgt. Bergansky shortly after the original story was posted. Sgt. Bergansky told us there were actually 10 ducks rescued, not 6 like we were previously told.**