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Waddle we do without you? Firefighters rescue hapless ducklings who fell into a grid 

Adorable photographs show the moment two firefighters are called to the rescue of a mother duck whose fluffy ducklings had fallen down the drain.

The anxious mother and her brood appeared to have been separated when four of her six little ones dropped through cracks in the drain while crossing the street.

Fire crew were called to assist the quacking mother, as she frantically tried to save her ducklings in Micklegate in York city centre at around 6.20am on Saturday.   

Fire crew were called to assist the quacking mother, as she frantically tried to save her ducklings from the drain

Thankfully the compassionate firemen, armed with rubber gloves and a crow bar, were able to coax the baby birds out, lifting them one by one to be reunited with their mother.  

Just moments later the flock is seen reassembling, following their mother in formation down the street and past the fire truck that had arrived to rescue them.

Another picture shows the amused firemen, who are wearing full protective gear, snap a picture from their truck. 

Amused firemen, who are wearing full protective gear, snap a picture from their truck

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said: 'Crew were mobilised to assist a mother duck to release four ducklings from a drain using a halligan tool.'

The halligan tool is a crow-bar type implement used by firefighters and law enforcement to gain entry and break free. 

Individuals who spot ducklings who have become stuck are advised to ring the RSPCA or their local fire authority. 

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