Essex

Abandoned ducklings rescued from Essex drain

The third duck Image copyright RSPCA
Image caption This little duckling ended up further down the drain and had to be "flushed out"

Three abandoned ducklings had to be rescued from a sewer after falling through the gaps of a drain cover.

The ducklings were reported stuck down a drain in Great Notley, Essex after trailing their mother across a road on Tuesday afternoon.

The first two were plucked to safety by firefighters but a third could be heard further down the drain.

The RSPCA said he had to be flushed out into a net - an experience which left him "startled".

Image copyright RSPCA
Image caption The three ducklings were all said to be well after their draining ordeal

How long the ducklings, who are now without a mother, were stuck down the drain is not known.

RSPCA inspector Sarah Elmy said: "We could hear them, but not see them - it was so frustrating

"They had to flush water along the drain to get the little one out - and into the waiting net.

"He was a little startled - but fine, and has now been taken to a local wildlife specialist for care."

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