HENRICO, Va. (WOOD) — A small duck had to rescued after it got stuck on an icy pond in Virginia.
The duck reportedly had been stranded on the ice since Tuesday night. WRIC-TV called Animal Control and within the hour, Henrico County’s Water Rescue Team arrived to save the day.
“It was decided to go ahead and use our water rescue team to come out and rescue the duck and get it to a medical facility,” explained Captain Danny Rosenbaum with the Henrico County Fire Department.
Crews first tried using a rope to nudge the duck to shore, but the little guy didn’t play along.
So they brought out a boat.
But even that proved challenging as the frightened water fowl flopped away from the folks who were trying to save him.
A crowd of bystanders who were watching it all unfold cheered and honked their horns after firefighters managed to grab the duck and pull him to safety.
“It’s exciting! Everybody clapped and cheered! It’s awesome,” exclaimed Becky Fitzgerald.
Captain Rosenbaum added “it was a great opportunity for all of the guys in the water rescue team to practice their skills. Ice rescue is not something we do everyday so the more chances we get to practice it, the better we are when a real opportunity comes around.”
As for the lucky duck, he was whisked to an animal care facility and is recovering nicely.
Information from: WRIC-TV