- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - The parents of six Mallard ducklings watched anxiously rescuers scooped their babies from a storm drain in downtown Lakeland using a Hooters frying basket.

The Ledger (https://bit.ly/1K70coE ) reports that the manager of a Hooters restaurant called officials on Sunday after hearing chirping noises coming from a drain.

Officials found the ducklings trapped in a 25-foot-long pipe connecting a manhole cover and a storm drain grate.

Rescuers used a fry basket by attaching it to a pole to retrieve all six of the baby ducks. The ducklings’ parents flew overhead during the rescue.

Once all of the ducklings were safe, they were placed in a small crate and taken to a nearby retention pond, where the family was reunited.

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