Seven ducklings faced an ominous fate after waddling into a storm drain and getting stuck on Friday night.
The ducklings were unable to free themselves from the drain, near Hickory Tavern at the Shoppes at Birkdale Crossing.
Then someone called for help. Firefighters from the Huntersville Fire Department's Engine 2 arrived and pulled the ducklings out at about 7:30 p.m.
All of the ducklings were fine, and firefighters soon snapped photos of them bunched safely in some grass.
"Bravo Zulu," a blogger who goes by the handle "Cedar Posts" tweeted.
"Great job!" tweeted NC Firefighters, a Catawba County-based fire news website. "Taking care of business!"
"How adorable are those baby ducklings!!!" tweeted a woman who goes by the handle Suddenly Susan. "I didn't think I could love you guys more but I was wrong."