When it comes to animal rescues, it's been a busy week for the Meridian Fire Department. If it weren't for the crew on E-33 one duckling wouldn't have made it! 

It's that time of the year where you're likely going to see baby ducks or geese waddling behind their parents at least once a day. They hang out by the river, in people's pools and bring traffic to a screeching halt to cross the road. Unfortunately, sometimes these little find themselves in a little bit of trouble. That's exactly what to one family of ducks in Meridian on Thursday.

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E-33 was dispatched to rescue a family of ducklings who were trapped in a storm drain. The firemen were able to save the day and get all of them out of the drain. As they did so, they noticed that one of the ducks was no longer breathing. They administered oxygen and were able to get it breathing again. Unfortunately, Mommy Duck thought that her baby had died and took off with the other ducklings while the crew was treating the duckling who almost didn't make it.

Leaving the duckling behind wasn't an option, so they named him RJ, finished treating him at the firehouse and then took him out on a few calls. They were able to quickly find him a new home where he'll be loved and cared for. Reading through the comments on their Facebook post, it sounds like his new family includes some other ducks!

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You can see some photos of the rescue and RJ's care HERE. 

Earlier this week, E-34 rescued four kittens from an home's HVAC floor vents. After being cared for by a local vet, they were immediately adopted!


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