Duckling rescued by RSPCA and fire service after falling down drain on housing estate

A duckling has been rescued after becoming trapped in a storm drain over the Easter weekend.

Thursday, 16th April 2020, 10:56 am
Updated Thursday, 16th April 2020, 10:58 am

The young animal fell down a drain on a housing estate in Caterhouse Road, Durham – and a nearby animal lover raised the alarm with the RSPCA after failing to free the duckling.

RSPCA Inspector Kaye Forsyth attended the scene at around 9.30pm on Saturday, April 11.

She said: “The duckling had been with its mother and siblings and had fallen down a drain on the housing estate.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

The duckling was rescued from a drain in Durham.

“Unfortunately, the duckling’s mother had left the scene with her other young when I arrived. The caller had already broken a hammer trying to get the duckling out, with no joy.

“I was able to see into the drain with my torch and could see the duckling swimming around in there, but, like the caller, couldn’t get the drain cover off.

“I called County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue and, luckily, the station is literally around the corner so they arrived just five minutes later, got the cover off and I fished the duckling out with my net.”

The duckling is now in the care of a local wildlife expert and will be released back into the wild when it is old enough.

The RSPCA and fire service came to the duckling's aid.

Kaye praised the caller who alerted the RSPCA to the duckling’s plight, and stayed on the scene until she arrived and the fire service for the crew’s excellent work.

The RSPCA is continuing an emergency-only service through the lockdown period.

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.

The drain cover.

In order for us to continue to provide high quality and trusted local news on this free-to-read site, I am asking you to also please purchase a copy of our newspaper.

Our journalists are highly trained and our content is independently regulated by IPSO to some of the most rigorous standards in the world.

But being your eyes and ears comes at a price. So we need your support more than ever to buy our newspapers during this crisis.

With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our local valued advertisers - and consequently the advertising that we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you helping us to provide you with news and information by buying a copy of our newspaper.

Thank you.