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Once rescued, the ducklings headed toward a pond, the release said.
Clauden Paylor, community service officer for the district, assisted with the rescue, the release said.
Why is it common for ducklings to fall into drains?
The Wisconsin Humane Society said ducks often nest far away from water to keep their eggs safe. But once the ducklings hatch, the mother duck will lead them to a water source.
That's fine in the country, but ducks in urban areas often have to dodge traffic or cross sewer drains to get there, the humane society said.
The larger adult ducks can generally waddle across just fine, but the grates are often too wide for the small ducklings to safely cross, so they fall through the holes, the humane society said.
Duckling rescuers typically have to move fast, the humane society said. If the grate can be removed, the ducklings can be lifted out with a small kitchen strainer and set back on the ground, the humane society said.
Two ducklings back in 2008 were not so fortunate.
A Joliet resident had called several animal-related organizations when she noticed two ducklings trapped in a sewer drain near her house, a 2008 Herald-News story said.
The mother was nearby and upset. Both ducklings wounded up drowning.
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