A mother duck was reunited with her ducklings Tuesday evening thanks to some human helpers in Gatineau.

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A man pulls off a sewer grate to rescue ducklings that fell through. (CBC)

Cynthia Lefebvre saw the ducklings fall through a sewer grate near Montclair Boulevard and Labelle Street.

She called the City of Gatineau for help and was transferred to police.

In the end, it was local Société de transport de l'Outaouais (STO) bus drivers and a passing motorist who stopped to help, using a crowbar to remove the heavy sewer cover. 

The ducklings were lifted out of murky water and returned to their mother nearby.