Ducklings rescued after falling through a sewer grate

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB)- It was a scary weekend for a dozen ducklings after they took a dive below a sewer grate in Tonawanda. Jessica Coughlin, with SPCA Animal Rescue, told News 4 the ducklings were following their mother when they fell through the grate.

Coughlin was able to get the little ones back to safety by mimicking a mother duck.

“We were able to call them to the hole and scoop them out with a net,” she said.

It took two and a half hours and most of the flock was reunited with its mom. One duckling, however, is still trying to make it home.

“Unfortunately I had already released the 11 I’d already scooped out of there with mom, so we had to bring the last little guy to the SPCA.”

He’s now staying at the facility with about 60 other ducklings. Coughlin told us this is a normal amount for this time of year.

Most of the flock has been reunited with their mom but one little one is still trying to make it home.

The duckling is now at the Erie County SPCA.

“There’s all the little baby ducks, baby goslings floating around, they follow mom,” said Coughlin. “Mom doesn’t know she walked over a sewer grate and one by one they drop down in there.”

When they’re old enough the ducklings will be released back into nature.

Coughlin says they are on call 24-7, if you see any animal in distress you can call the animal emergencies after hour number, (716) 712-0251. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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