By Ellie Duncombe
An unlucky duckling trapped in a drain has been rescued just hours before death.
The tiny baby bird was spotted in Uckfield, East Sussex by a group of children who saw it stuck behind a drainage gate.
Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) were called to the scene but the frightened duckling was nowhere to be seen.
Trevor Weeks, rescue co-ordinator and rescuer, Kathy Martyn, tried to undo the metal grill but this proved impossible so the only access was via drain covers which were in the road.
Using ladders to climb into the drain, Trevor eventually found the lonely duckling which he said would have died if it had been left overnight.
Trevor said: “Ladders were used to climb down into the drain and nothing could be seen by torch light but that suddenly I heard the duckling cheeping.
“I was not sure where it was at first so it took us a while to establish that it was further along under the road.
“The poor little thing just sat there and let me pick him up. He was clearly very frightened, cold and alone.
“This poor duckling would not have survived the night if it had been left down the sewer.”
The duckling was taken back to WRAS’s casualty centre where he is now living with two other little ducklings.