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Baby duckies rescued from storm drain with iPhone ringtone

Six ducklings that fell down a storm drain are lured out by a firefighter using the duck call ringtone on his iPhone.

Screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET

The multipurpose smartphone in your pocket just added another function: assisting in the rescue of ducklings in distress.

St. Tammany Fire Protection District No. 1 in Slidell, Louisiana, was alerted to the plight of the ducklings on April 25 by a resident who saw six ducklings fall down a storm drain.

"Firefighters removed the top cover of the drain to gain access to the ducks. Firefighter Cody Knecht got down in the drain to try and capture the ducks. Captain Chuck Davis, Fire Operator Jason Theriot, and Fire Prevention Officer Billy Dekemel assisted from above," a post on the department's Facebook page reads.

"With the help of a duck call ringtone on his iPhone, Firefighter Knecht was able to lure the baby ducks to him. It took about an hour and a half to rescue four of the six baby ducks."

The last two ducks remained elusive, so the four rescued ducks were taken to the fire station for a breather. An hour later, the firefighters were able to retrieve the two remaining ducks, and all six were reunited with their mama, in the canal behind the home where the incident took place.

"St. Tammany Fire District #1 responds to numerous public service calls such as these each year. This is the second duck rescue call in less than a week. Firefighters are always eager to help and enjoy giving back to the community," the department said.

Which leaves just one question: are beleaguered ducks the new kittens in trees?