Firefighter saves trapped ducklings with duck-call ringtone

This man deserves a medal.


Gabe Bergado

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Published Apr 27, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 11:40 pm CDT

In a case that’s part “what the duck” and part “wow that was a really good idea,” a Louisiana firefighter used a duck-call ringtone to help save a gaggle of six ducklings from a storm drain.

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It took Firefighter Cody Knecht about an hour and a half to catch the first four baby ducks. The remaining two mini-mallards needed another hour of calming down before emerging; perhaps they knew the truth about that duck call.

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The squad of swimmers was later reunited with their mother.

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It’s unclear how all six of the ducklings got into the storm drain. Was it a case of “follow the leader” gone wrong after the lead duck made a wrong decision? Or was a mastermind mallard trying to get rid of its fellow duck brethren, only to also get caught in the drain? We’ll leave all the duck drama to Duck Dynasty.

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Given how long it took to get the ducklings out, perhaps the firefighter should’ve tried using a Donald Duck YouTube video to get them mobilized.

H/T Yahoo News | Photo via Airwolfhound/Flickr (CC by 2.0)

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*First Published: Apr 27, 2015, 1:33 pm CDT