Duck rescue update!

On Saturday, April 25, 2015, firefighters in Slidell, Louisiana, received an emergency call.

Six baby ducklings had fallen into a storm drain and couldn't get out.


A duckling, seen here in a less imperiled state. (Photo credit: Jannes Pockele/Flickr)

Now, used to be if you wanted to lure a bunch of baby ducks out of a well, you'd need a wicker basket, six feet of twine, and an artisan-hewn duck whistle aged seven weeks in an oak tub. And by the time you got all that together, the ducklings would be dead. (Not a lot of ducklings got rescued back in the day.)

Thankfully, it's 2015. So this dude just used his iPhone to play some duck sounds.

"Firefighter Cody Knecht got down in the drain to try and capture the ducks. Captain Chuck Davis, Fire Operator Jason Theriot, and Fire Prevention Officer Billy Dekemel assisted from above. With the help of a duck call ring tone on his iPhone, Firefighter Knecht was able to lure the baby ducks to him. It took about an hour and a half to rescue four of the six baby ducks." — St. Tammany Fire Protection District #1

According to the official fire department report, "All of the baby ducks were reunited with their mother in the canal behind the home where the incident took place."

Bottom line: Technology is cool.

I hear the iPhone 7 will have a polar bear cub rescue app. (Photo credit: Daniel Zanetti)

Bottomer line: Firefighters are the best.

Oh hey. (Photo credit: istolethetv/Flickr)

Bottomest line: Baby ducklings!

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