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Columbus firefighters rescue four lucky ducklings from car wash drain

Firefighters got a (peck)uliar call on Saturday saying four ducklings had migrated into a car wash's drain and needed help.
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Four ducklings about to be released after being rescued from a westside car wash in Columbus, Indiana.

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Columbus firefighters came to the rescue for a few very lucky duckies who were just trying to stay afloat after getting stuck in a car wash's floor drain on Saturday morning. 

An employee at Dirt Buster Car Wash, located on Johnson Boulevard, spotted a mother duck and two of her ducklings near a floor drain that spans the entire length of the car wash. 

The employee looked around and discovered there were ducklings that had gotten into the floor drain near the area where the mother duck and her ducklings were.

The car wash called Columbus firefighters who quickly flew the coop and came to help. With Columbus Animal Care Services on their way to the scene, the firefighters removed the floor drain covering and pulled out four ducklings.

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CFD Lieutenant Jim Miller (left) and Firefighter Derrick Chitwood (right) rescue four ducklings from a Westside car wash.

The ducklings were turned over to Columbus Animal Care Services staff to be evaluated, cleaned and checked for injuries that had occurred during the incident. 

Credit: Columbus Fire Department
CFD Lieutenant Jim Miller holds two ducklings while another duckling is cleaned by Columbus Animal Care Services staff.

After getting the all-clear, the ducklings were released to their anxious mother duck who led the feathery family as they waddled their way to a nearby retention pond.