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Duckling Rescue Stops Traffic In Montgomery County

UPPER GWYNEDD, Pa. (CBS) – Ten members of the animal kingdom will be forever grateful to police and public works employees following a dramatic rescue on Monday.

Police in Upper Gwynedd say they received a report of a mother duck standing guard over nine ducklings that were trapped in a storm drain in the North Penn Market Place Shopping Center and crying for help on Monday afternoon.

Both police officers and Public Works responded to the scene with a front end loader, a bucket and a piece of wood to cover the drain pipe so the ducklings didn't go further into the pipe.

Public Works employees John Maguire and Howard "Peanut" Quinn are being hailed heroes after they successfully lifted the grate cover off, blocked the pipe and jumped inside the drain before placing the ducklings into a bucket and releasing them to their very appreciative mother.

Police say officers stopped traffic to allow the mother to lead her ducklings across Sumneytown Pike to a nearby creek.

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