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Firefighters were called to the Varsity Lakes drain after loud “cheep cheep” sounds could be heard from chick.
Crews were able to pull the fluff ball to safety before it spent the night cuddled up to a duckling and checked by wildlife carers.
“He wasn’t in a very good condition last night; he didn’t look like he was going to pull through,” wildlife carer Kathryn told 9News.
This morning, the plover chick was reunited with its relieved mother and immediately went in for a reunion cuddle.