Update: Firefighters rescue duckling in Banbury

Tiny duckling reunited with his family after a swift rescue by firefighters in Banbury yesterday (Tuesday May 4).

Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 3:19 pm

An unlucky duckling was helped to safety and reunited with his family after getting trapped down a metal grate in Banbury.

Firefighters with the Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service working with the The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) charity rescued the duckling.

The incident occurred in Thorpe Way, Banbury, at 6:50pm.

Firefighters along with officials from the RSPCA rescued a duckling stuck in a storm drain in Banbury yesterday, Tuesday May 4. (Image from the Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Facebook page)

RSPCA animal rescuer Rebecca Frost was called to Thorpe Way on Tuesday after a member of the public spotted a duckling trapped more than half a metre down.

Animal Rescue Officer Rebecca Frost said: “I’m really thankful to the animal lover who contacted us and the fire and rescue service who were excellent and ensured this little duck was safely rescued.

“Seeing the duckling reunited with his family was amazing- it makes the difficulties that come with carrying out rescues so worthwhile to be able to return animals to the wild.”

For more information about what to do if you find a duckling in need of help, please visit the RSPCA’s website: www.rspca.org.uk/ducklingsTo help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit our website or call our donation line on 0300 123 8181.

Tiny duckling rescued by Banbury firefighters and the RSPCA (Image from the RSPCA)

The Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service posted a message about the rescue on Facebook, which said: "Sometimes we rescue people from burning buildings, sometimes we rescue them from car accidents and just every now and then we rescue ducklings from drains!

"And to be honest, in these strange times who doesn't need a story with a happy ending???

"Well done to 'Red Watch Banbury' for working with the RSPCA to rescue a duckling in Banbury yesterday, and as you can see from the video (in the next post), mum and baby were reunited safe and sound."

The fire and rescue service posted a video of the duckling's return to its mother, which can be viewed here: https://www.facebook.com/Oxfordshirefireandrescueservice/posts/4024159147642610

Banbury firefighters along with an animal rescue officer from the RSPCA rescued a duckling stuck in a drain in Banbury (Image from the RSPCA)