Stuck duck: Mallard ‘marooned’ in middle of pond while guarding dead chick saved by Manchester fire service

By Dean Wilkins

A stuck duck marooned in the middle of a pond was rescued by Manchester firefighters yesterday.

The mallard was found guarding a dead chick but was stranded in a dangerous position in an underground culvert, which was balanced unstably in the pond’s overflow.

Emergency crews arrived after 5.20pm, including a specialist swift water rescue team, and reached the duck using a ladder.

Crew Manager Gabs Campbell said: “The duck was marooned really and was stuck in a fairly dangerous position.

“Obviously it wasn’t in any immediate danger but any member of the public trying to free the mallard would have got into some real trouble.

“We were going to deploy the boat but we managed to get down to the water and free the duck before it was checked over by the RSPCA and then freed into a safer part of the water.”

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