Need your help and human ingenuity! This evening we discovered eight newly hatched ducklings that have fallen through an old storm grate behind our house. They are trapped about 2 feet down.
First thing I did was get some mushed up watermelon and water down to them, which they ate ferociously... I think they've been down there maybe a day or more.
I tried getting the grate off with a tire iron. There's no way I can budge it. A crowbar wouldn't work either... the seal is so tight you couldn't even get a playing card down there.
We called the Wisconsin humane society animal rescue but they are closed until morning. We called the police non emergency and a squad came out but were as powerless to get the grate off as we were. They called the fire department who came out, took one look and said "nope not our job" and left again. Then they called the DPW who also said they would not come out for such a thing (even though they're probably the only ones who can get the grate off). In the end, the cop said "we're just gonna have to be resigned to let them die down there." and they too left.
My wife and I tried for another hour to actually pick them out through the grate. We manufactured a scoop on a long pole and tried that. We even tried getting them out with duck tape sticky pads. We can successfully lift them all the way to the top and actually touch them but we can't get them through the gaps in the grate without hurting (most likely killing) them.
It's past 2am now and we're defeated. We're going to bed in the hopes that animal rescue will call us in the morning and might be able to help. But before I did I wanted to ask anyone here... does anyone have any other ideas how we might get them out of there???