A group of scared ducklings was rescued earlier this week from a storm drain after a quick-thinking passerby noticed the distressed mother.
Bill Cobun was the first to notice the unhappy mama, who was hovering around a storm drain at Columbus State Community College in Ohio, periodically looking down through the grating, according to ABCNews.com. Coburn investigated and discovered the group of seven ducklings in the drain.
A team comprised of the college’s media relations coordinator, school safety officers and Lt. Dan Werner of the Columbus State Police Department was quickly assembled, and together they removed the grating and gingerly lifted out the fluffy ducklings, ABCNews.com notes.
The whole rescue effort, including the ducklings' rush to return to their worried mom, was caught on video by college videographer Mark Van Horn.
"That kind of just reinforces your belief in nature," Werner said, according to a Columbus State Community College press release. "And there's some good in the world."
In fact, this sort of scene plays out with surprising regularity in cities across the nation. In May, firefighters answered two separate calls for help involving baby ducks stuck in storm drains in Massachusetts, according to Danvers Patch.
And in a similar situation that unfolded last year, 24-year-old automotive technician and former Boy Scout Kurt Heersema helped rescue eight ducklings that had become trapped in a Chicago sewer.