Thursday 6 May 2021

Animal rescuers use mother duck YouTube video to save ducklings


Caroline Appleby and her friend Keeley ParsonsIMAGE COPYRIGHTCAROLINE APPLEBY
image captionAnimal-mad Keeley Parsons (left) and Caroline Appleby have a track record of saving stricken animals

Two quick-thinking women rescued a group of orphaned ducklings by using a YouTube recording of a mother's call to lure them to safety.

Best friends Caroline Appleby and Keeley Parsons rushed to help when they saw a social media alert about the two-week-old birds.

They found them at the side of a busy road in Calverley, West Yorkshire.

After struggling to coax them out of a bush, the pair played the video and the siblings walked towards them in a line.

Ms Appleby, 38, said it had proved tricky to snare the "incredibly fast" ducklings at first.

"As I got there, Keeley was on her hands and knees in the bushes as the ducklings had hid themselves," she said.

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