Ducklings rescued in quack rescue from Brecon

Six ducklings have been rescued from a weir in Brecon – following a grueling rescue operation that lasted almost four hours.

The ducklings had become trapped after their mother chose a rather uncomfortable place to have her babies – which was a small enclosed pond fed by the canal in the town center near Kensington Road.

The difficult location meant the ducklings then swam through a sluice gate and then became trapped under an 18ft-long grated funnel that fed into the river.

The trapped ducklings were spotted by a member of the public on Saturday May 14, who reported the matter to the RSPCA.

RSPCA inspector Holly Brown said: “It was very tricky work getting the little guys out from under the grid.

“Unfortunately, the ducklings were unable to rejoin the duck after they were separated, so they were found alone.”

Holly tried several times to use a pole and nets to catch them, but couldn’t, so she called the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Services to get them their help.

She continued: ‘It took the help of local firefighters on duty from Brecon Fire and Rescue Station and several hours to free the six adorable but uncooperative ducklings who were not very grateful to be rescued .

“The firefighters had to lift the heavy metal grates and then we had to persuade the ducks to swim in a certain direction before catching them in nets. But they kept swimming, so it took a long time to catch them.

“The ducklings all appeared healthy and were temporarily in the care of a wildlife officer before being transferred to a wildlife centre. There they will be raised by the dedicated staff until they are ready to be released back into the wild.

The rescue operation at the Brecon Spillway lasted nearly four hours (RSPCA ) (RSPCA)

Holly said she would like to thank Brecon Fire and Rescue Station for their help:

She said: “I would like to say a big thank you to the crew for their hard work, patience and determination to free these little guys. It really took hours!

“We greatly appreciate their expertise and are grateful for our partnership which helps to protect wildlife.”

For more information on what to do if you find a potentially orphaned duckling, visit their website.

To help the RSPCA continue to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome animals in desperate need of care, please visit their website or call their donation line on 0300 123 8181.