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6-year-old saves a dozen ducklings in New Orleans, honored by Humane Society

Source: Neil Pierson Source: Neil Pierson
Source: Neil Pierson Source: Neil Pierson
Source: Neil Pierson Source: Neil Pierson
NEW ORLEANS (WAFB) -

The Humane Society of Louisiana is planning to honor a trio of good Samaritans who helped rescue a dozen ducklings from a New Orleans storm drain.

Neil Pierson of Madisonville was driving down St. Charles Avenue when he noticed a mother duck frantically flapping her wings and waddling in circles. Pierson pulled over to the corner of the road and realized her 12 ducklings were stuck. Pierson attempted to get his hand through the grate to rescue the baby ducks, but could not make it through the narrow grate.

Amy Beard and her six-year-old daughter, Camille, were driving by when they noticed Pierson signaling for assistance. After hearing what had happened, Camille was able to go straight to work. The six-year-old knelt beside the drain and lowered her outstretched hand into the drain. One by one, the ducklings jumped into her hand before Camille pulled them up and set them in an empty box.

Camille and her mother then brought the ducklings to the Audubon Zoo for a check-up and re-release.

“We are honoring these three individuals because they put our mission statement into action,” said Humane Society of Louisiana director, Jeff Dorson. “We couldn't be more pleased to give these three deserving individuals our 'Golden Heart Awards.' And there is no better teacher than little Camille. She showed us how it's done, and I hope we can all learn from her example," Dorson continued.

The birds appear to black-bellied Whistling ducks, which are common in Louisiana and Texas and other southern states.

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