Duck rescue

Toronto cops save flightless ducks.

Residents feared the birds would be frozen into Grenadier Pond as the temperature plummeted and called police.

Dressed in dry suits and lifejackets, four officers went into the nearly frozen pond, just north of the Queensway and east of Ellis Ave., to rescue the ducks whose wings had been clipped and were unable to fly to safety.

After about an hour and one failed attempt to capture the birds in a blanket, police tried again using large hooks, nets and poles, while other officers waited to pounce.

“I’m happy it finally worked out,” said a tired Alex Singfield, one of the marine unit officers who fell through the ice during the rescue.

“It would’ve been better if it were one, because the second was a little tricky to catch,” added partner Harlen Tinney. “We just wanted to get them onto shore and get more people helping.”


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