BURRILLVILLE, R.I. (WPRI) — The duck was circling a storm drain.
Neighbors passing by investigated, and found reason to call the Pascoag Fire Department to the scene Wednesday afternoon.
Under the drain’s grate, Pascoag fire crews said on their Facebook page, were the nine baby ducks — the reason the mother duck was beside herself.
Pascoag Fire employees enlisted aid from the Burrillville Department of Public Works (to get the grate removed), the town’s Animal Control and Police Department, and borrowed nets from neighbors.
All nine offspring were carefully fished out up to street level for the mother to herd on their way.
“Great job by all involved!” the Pascoag Fire Department’s social media officer wrapped up the posting.
Friends of the department cheered the firefighters’ effort in comments, with heart, thumbs-up, and applause emojis.