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12 tiny baby quail rescued from storm drain in SLO

One of the rescued baby quail, which were stuck in a storm drain Saturday afternoon in San Luis Obispo.
One of the rescued baby quail, which were stuck in a storm drain Saturday afternoon in San Luis Obispo.

A covey of baby quail that were stuck in a storm drain were rescued Saturday afternoon by authorities from San Luis Obispo Fire and Police departments, according to fire Capt. Gary Hale.

A couple of residents dropped by San Luis Obispo Fire Station 3 and alerted authorities to the baby quail stuck at Johnson Avenue and Southwood Drive in San Luis Obispo, Hale said.

Two San Luis Obispo Police Department officers had also noticed the quail and were on scene with cardboard to help with the rescue.

When the firefighters arrived, they removed the storm drain cover and slid cardboard into the hole, blocking the quail from going into other access points. The authorities then reached into the storm drain and rescued about 12 baby quail.

It was a very nice call to be on. We need those every so often.

San Luis Obispo fire Capt. Gary Hale

Hale said they handed the baby quail to residents who had gathered to watch, and the adults and children placed them together in a nearby planter area. Two adult quails were close by and were very vocal, Hale said, adding that he thought they could be the parents.

“It was a very nice call to be on,” Hale said. “We need those every so often.”

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