Singapore’s wildlife never fails to surprise us — from otters to pythons, pangolins and geese, we’re home to plenty of wonderful creatures.

Like this family of rare Lesser Whistling Ducks — a pair of parents and all 11 of their children. They set out on Saturday, March 4, on a regular weekend excursion in Jurong West, quite like this other family.

Lesser Whistling ducks are becoming rarer in Singapore, threatened by habitat loss and poaching, and are so named because they tend to whistle constantly while they fly.

Even though they weren’t as risk-taking as this other group gaily crossing the road right in the heart of our city, this family met a small hiccup when nine of the 11 ducklings somehow found themselves stuck in a drain at Sunview Way.

Fortunately, some kind nature photographers passing by came to their rescue and brought all of them out, one by one:

Photo courtesy of Alice Lim
Photo Courtesy of Alice Lim

Photo courtesy of Alice Lim
Photo courtesy of Alice Lim

As you can see from the photos, this rescue mission wasn’t easy — it involved bending down and getting under the bushes to fish the fluffy younglings from the place where they were stuck.

Photo courtesy of Alice Lim
Photo Courtesy of Alice Lim
Photo Courtesy of Dani M. Queddeng
Photo Courtesy of Dani M. Queddeng

After they were rescued, they set off in search of their parents…

Photo Courtesy of Alice Lim
Photo Courtesy of Alice Lim

… who thankfully discovered the significant reduction in their group size and turned back to find them.

Photo Courtesy of Alice Lim
Photo Courtesy of Alice Lim

Here’s them stretching their necks in search of their missing ducklings while the group patiently waited for them in the grass.

Photo Courtesy of Dani M. Queddeng
Photo Courtesy of Dani M. Queddeng

And from there, the whole family set off, mummy and daddy taking the front and bringing up the rear to keep a watchful eye over the kids.

Photo Courtesy of Dani M. Queddeng
Photo Courtesy of Dani M. Queddeng

Since you’re here how about another article:

They say we can buy anything online, so here’s a life-sized gummy snake

Watch out, paper qualifications. Real life experience is coming for you.

Top Photo Courtesy of Dani M. Queddeng

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