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Middle Island ducklings waddle back to worried momma duck after being freed from storm drain

Kelly Hagan, 22, of Farmingville, holds one of

Kelly Hagan, 22, of Farmingville, holds one of eight ducklings that she helped rescue from a storm drain at 582 Middle Country Rd. in Middle Island. Hagan was leaving work Sunday morning, June 28, 2015, when she noticed an anxious mother duck. Photo Credit: James Carbone

Eight fluffy ducklings were reunited with their mother Sunday morning after venturing off into a muddy storm drain in Middle Island, Suffolk police said.

Farmingville resident Kelly Hagan, 22, was leaving work at a nearby bagel store about 9:25 a.m. when she saw the mother duck hovering around the drain near 852 Middle Country Rd.

Down below, trapped in the drain, were the duck's babies.

"I noticed the ducklings huddled in a little ball," she said. That's when she called Suffolk police for help.

Within minutes, Suffolk Officer Robert Stahl, who works in the emergency service section, arrived.

He lifted the drain's grate and used a net to pull out seven brown and yellow ducklings, and reunited them with their mother.

But the problem didn't end there.

The family of ducks took off as Stahl struggled to get the last duckling out, officers said.

Instead of the net, Stahl used his hand to pick up and set free the remaining duckling. By then, however, the bird's family had traveled down the road.

"We had a little trouble with the last one," said Hagan, who eventually took the duckling from the officer and returned it to the rest of the family.

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