This woman just saved a family of ducks. The video is pure laugh-out-loud joy.

If you see a bevy of ducks, you're probably going to squeal with joy, right?


When Shara Fenell of Memphis noticed a group of them stuck in a drain, she squealed — then she sprang into action.

In an adorable video from WREG, Fenell answered the good Samaritan call when she overhead quacking near the Peabody Hotel in Memphis.

Fenell simply couldn't let the adorable animals suffer and went out of her way to hop in the drain, get a little dirty, and save the fluffy family.  

Shara Fenell was downtown near the Peabody Hotel when she noticed a mama duck quacking near a storm drain. Turns out,...

Posted by WREG News Channel 3 on Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Laughing nervously as she climbed down the drain, Fenell managed to gently pull the family of ducks to safety in a smooth 1 minute and 18 seconds, according to a friend in the background.

The video has since gone viral, warming hearts around the country.  

In addition to providing some much-needed cute vibes, Fenell's actions are a great example for how to help animals in need.

As humans constantly encroach on the natural landscape, animals can sometimes find themselves lost, fighting trash and toxic waste, or stuck in drains like these ducks were. Of course, calling a local fire department or animal shelter is one of the most common ways to help animals in need. But Fenell took the opportunity to get involved in a more hands-on way. (It goes without saying, though, that personal safety should always be your first priority.)  

Fenell's actions serve as a pleasant reminder of how taking our time to help others is just one of the ways we can make this world a bit brighter. Going out of your way is a lovely and simple way to make the world a better and cuter place for all.  

Just ask the ducks.

Screenshot from Shara Fenell via WREG.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.