HAYWARD (BCN) – A Hayward animal control officer managed to coax 11 ducklings out of a storm drain they had fallen into, Hayward police said Wednesday.

A dozen ducklings were following their mother across the Chabot College campus when 11 of them fell through a grate and into the storm drain, police said.

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“The mama duck was quacking loudly after losing them and it raised the attention of a passerby,” police said in a social media post.

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Animal Control Officer Susan Perez holds a duckling rescued from a storm drain. (Hayward Police Department)

Animal Control Officer Susan Perez holds a duckling rescued from a storm drain. (Hayward Police Department)

College maintenance staff removed the grate, but the ducklings moved deeper into the pipes, police said.

Hayward Animal Control Officer Susan Perez, who is familiar with rescuing animals that have fallen into storm drains, arrived and coaxed the ducks back out one-by-one by playing sounds of a mother duck on her phone, police said.

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