Firefighters rescue ducklings from Maidstone road drain

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Six ducklings were rescued from a road drain and taken back to the river

Firefighters have staged a rescue operation to free six ducklings who fell down a road drain.

Crews had dealt with a fire in Maidstone on Saturday when they were alerted by the public to the plight of the ducklings who were in distress.

The firefighters removed a heavy drain cover and freed four birds, but two had entered the pipe.

The officers flushed small amounts of water down the pipe until the ducklings appeared at the other end.

Afterwards, the ducklings were kept safe in a box to be returned to the river.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service said it was not the only animal rescue for crews this weekend.

The fire service's specialist animal rescue team, based in Faversham, was called to a farm in Borough Green where a white shire horse had not been able to get back on its feet for five hours on Friday night.

Firefighters placed slings around Nobby, who once pulled the Lord Mayor of London, and winched him to his feet using an animal rescue crane.

He was said to be shaky and a little frightened but quickly recovered.

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