The rescue of Brownie the Duck
A true quacker of a tale an epic deed to go down in history
Originating from England now living in Canada I normally start my day by catching up with the news from the old country and today this amazing story caught my eye.
Brownie the duck a four month old Aylesbury cross khaki-Campbell normally lived a tranquil life along with her siblings at the bottom of a garden in Abnash Chalford Hill England. This small village is set amongst the rolling hills of the Cotswold’s quite close to the City of Gloucester the capital of Gloucestershire. Being quite a tranquil location, nothing really much happens the locals just spend there days enjoying the beautiful English Countryside.
This was all about to change as Brownie the Duck decided to set off on an adventure that would go down in history.
Brownies owners arrived home last Friday afternoon to be greeted as normal by there family of ducks waddling across the lawn. As they came closer they noticed something was wrong, where was Brownie! They counted them one by one to make sure, but alas they counted only five. A hectic search began that would last until dark but to no avail Brownie was gone, probably eaten by a Red Fox living close by they assumed. Truly saddened they gave up the search deciding to look one more time in the morning and with heavy hearts went to bed.
On Saturday they were awoken by a friend who was cleaning the pond, a distant quack had been heard coming from the bottom of the pond. As they arrived at the pond and to there horror they noticed a ten inch overflow pipe and as they listened quite clearly every now and then, an unmistakable quack emanated from the depths. Somehow Brownie had crawled into this 20ft long pipe 4ft under the ground wedging herself inside. They shone flashlights down the pipe; they prodded the pipe but could not see or release her, what was to be done, or more importantly would they ever see Brownie again.
A decision had to be made and it was made fast they called the local fire service and explained the situation. Not thinking they would come they settled down in mourning they had done all that could be done, Brownie would be no more. Suddenly just as they were giving up all hope a large gleaming red fire truck arrived. Quickly and without delay the firemen determined the situation and the rescue effort began.
The rescue effort was to last six hours and with neighbors and friends standing by the fire brigade dug a 4ft deep trench around the pipe. Once the trench had been dug they listened and in time located her. Once located and with cheers all-round Brownie slightly muddy was extracted and reunited with her family.
This is a true story happening only last weekend and I hope you have enjoyed it. With all the bad news going around at the moment it’s nice to read of something nice, if not unusual.
Here’s to our local Fire Brigade where ever they are.
If you would like to read the original story follows the link below to my kind friends at Gloucestershire Media.
This is Gloucestershire Duck Rescue