Eagle Fire Department received a call Saturday afternoon from residents in the Lakemoor subdivision in need of help rescuing seven ducklings from their pool.
EFD’s Rob Shoplock said the residents had just recently pulled the cover off of the pool and soon noticed the baby ducks struggling to exit it.
“They realized [the ducks] are not going to be able to pop up,” Shoplock said. “They were chasing the ducks around the pool for a couple of hours.”
He said the mother duck had also been trying to lead her ducklings to safety and was growing increasingly frustrated.
Firefighters Ben Mors and Sam Hammond wasted no time in hopping into the pool, directing the ducklings to a corner and scooping up all seven “in one swoop,” according to Shoplock.
The baby ducks were released and went through the residents’ fence to reunite with their mother.
Shoplock compared the situation to the joke of firefighters rescuing cats from trees, but said the department welcomes such calls.
“We’re all animals lovers, and I’m glad they called us to deal with it,” he said. He encouraged residents to do the same as the weather warms up and ducklings sometimes become stuck in storm drains and the like.