Eight baby ducks stranded in a storm drain in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, were reunited with their mama after caring officers with both the local fire and police departments gave them a helping hand.

Officers with the Murrysville Police Department noticed the fluffy flock and called in backup from the Murrysville Volunteer Fire Company #1.

After safely removing the ducklings from the drain, a police officer stood in the street to ensure the flock’s safe passage.

The mama duck was waiting — and clearly happy to have her family back.

duckling rescue

(Courtesy of Murrysville Police Department)

“They responded quickly and were able to save all the ducks!” the police department wrote on Facebook. “The momma duck was noticeably relieved to be united with her babies.”

We are so grateful that these officers responded to this situation with kindness and compassion — which is no less than sentient animals deserve!

To read more about how people’s caring attitudes toward animals helps with their well being, you can check out our recent story about a sentience study into working animal welfare here.