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Oregon State Police help rescue 2 ducklings from storm drain

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    In this Saturday photo provided by the Oregon State Police, a family of ducklings swims to safety after two of the babies were rescued from a storm drain in Salem, Ore. by Oregon State Police Sr. Trooper Hunter, of the agency’s fish and wildlife division, and city workers.

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS

    In this Saturday photo provided by the Oregon State Police, Oregon State Police Sr. Trooper Hunter, of the agency’s fish and wildlife division, holds a duckling he helped rescue from a storm drain in Salem, Ore.

SALEM, Ore. >> To protect and serve and … rescue ducklings?

An Oregon State Police trooper got some attention today after he helped pluck two ducklings from a storm drain where they were stranded over the weekend.

The agency says in Twitter and Facebook postings that the mother duck and her 10 ducklings were crossing the street at an intersection in Salem Saturday when two ducklings were swept into the drain.

City workers removed several storm grates and a manhole cover so the trooper could reach the ducklings with a net.

State police say the other eight ducklings successfully navigated the drain pipe and emerged in a nearby canal.

They were reunited with their mother and siblings and waddled away apparently unharmed.

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