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    Default The fisherman's tale that saw eight lucky ducklings saved from certain death

    We've all heard of the ugly ducklings but these cute fluffy ones are more like lucky ducklings.
    Eight baby ducks were destined to fly up to the nest in the sky after investigating a drain pipe in a pond in south Devon.
    The young animals became trapped in the drain with only the pond's owner Colin Pady to help.

    Lucky ducklings: The fluffy creatures were rescued by a friendly fisherman

    Mr Pady, of Colyford, said: 'We had an urgent call from the fisherman to say the ducklings were in trouble.
    "They were caught in a drain which is the pond's outflow - the mother duck was clearly upset, calling down the pipe.
    'The fisherman could hear them making a noise at the bottom so we lowered a ladle to see if they would get in, but they wouldn't.
    'We couldn't think how else to get them out, but the fisherman put a piece of bread on a barb-less hook and lowered it and after a while he caught one of the ducklings.

    Colin Pady: The drain has now been covered over to prevent further little creatures from getting trapped

    'It was all downy fluff, so it didn't do the duckling any harm - and he was able to reel it up the pipe. Then he carried on for another two and a half hours taking the ducklings out one by one until he'd got all eight.'
    'I said he'd be in line for an RSPB award for rescuing the birds but I don't know his name and he has yet to come back.'
    As for the offending pipe: 'We've put a grill shelf from a fridge over it now - the old one had disintegrated,' said Mr Pady. 'It was one of those jobs you keep meaning to get around to, but don't.'

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    Poor darlings!
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