Nearly a dozen lucky ducks have been rescued by eastern Pennsylvania firefighters after falling through a sewer grate and out of sight of their distressed mother.

Emergency workers were called Tuesday morning to a street in Catasauqua, an Allentown suburb. A neighbor had witnessed 11 of 12 baby ducks drop into the drain as they attempted to hop onto the curb.

The (Allentown) Morning Call reports that it took firefighters about 45 minutes to release the grate. All 11 ducklings were waiting patiently in the corner of the sewer as firefighter Samuel Safadi rescued each by hand, naming them as he brought them up.

Ducklings are nestled in the hands of Catasauqua firefighters after being pulled from a storm drain along Edward Lane, Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Catasauqua, Pa. (Kayla Dwyer/The Morning Call via AP)
Ducklings are nestled in the hands of Catasauqua firefighters after being pulled from a storm drain along Edward Lane, Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Catasauqua, Pa. (Kayla Dwyer/The Morning Call via AP)

Charlie, Freddy, Brian and others reunited with their mother and sibling who were waiting nearby.

Many neighbors stopped over to take a gander at the reunion.

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Ducklings cross the street after Catasauqua firefighters after pulled them from a storm drain along Edward Lane, Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Catasauqua, Pa. (Kayla Dwyer/The Morning Call via AP)
Ducklings cross the street after Catasauqua firefighters after pulled them from a storm drain along Edward Lane, Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Catasauqua, Pa. (Kayla Dwyer/The Morning Call via AP)

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