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iPhone Quacks the Case: Duck Ringtone Rescues Louisiana Ducklings

A creative firefighter rescued six baby ducks that had fallen through a storm drain in Slidell, Louisiana, over the weekend by luring them to safety with the duck ringtone on his iPhone.

Firefighters responded Saturday to the drain on Oak Tree Drive after a neighbor phoned in to report seeing the ducklings plunge through the drain, Chad Duffaut, chief of fire prevention for St. Tammany Fire District 1, said in a statement.

Firefighter Cody Knecht then wriggled into the drain and got the bright idea to impersonate their mother using the "quack, quack, quack" ringtone on his iPhone — an operation the fire department recorded on video and posted on Facebook:

Duffaut said it took about an hour and a half to rescue four of the six ducklings, which were identified as Mallards. The remaining two came out later, and all six were reunited with their mother, he said.

The rescue came just two days after Randy Cheaney, another Louisiana public official, rescued 14 ducklings from a storm drain in Lake Charles, NBC station KPLC reported.

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