May 21, 2014 11:31 pm
Updated: May 22, 2014 12:52 am

WATCH: Edmonton firefighters help gaggle of goslings to safety

Edmonton firefighters helped a goose, gander and their goslings out of the nest to a nearby pond in Mill Woods Wednesday, May 21, 2014.

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EDMONTON – A group of Edmonton firefighters were called to a bit of an unusual situation Wednesday afternoon.

Five little goslings, who hatched earlier in the day, were stranded atop an elevator shaft next to a Mill Woods seniors’ residence.

Because of a 12-inch lip on the shaft, the goslings weren’t able to get out on their own. So after the goose and gander left the nest, firefighters used a ladder truck to bring their babies down to safety.

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Crews then blocked off traffic to make sure the group made it across 28 Avenue to a nearby park.

“Everything went off without a hitch,” said Capt. Greg Holubowich with Edmonton Fire Rescue Services.

It was quite the sight to be seen for those living in the nearby seniors’ residence.

“I find it very relaxing, you know, I was going through a rough period of time… was not feeling great and I find it was great therapy, actually,” said a resident who has been watching the eggs since the first one was laid on April 20.

“The gander came to sort of trust me and, actually, when I came down he would take 40 winks because he didn’t have to guard them, he knew I was there to take care of them.”

WATCH: Five goslings who hatched Wednesday needed a little help leaving the nest.

Holubowich says Edmonton firefighters assist in about two to three situations like this every summer.

“It’s about the service that we provide to the community, and it’s great to be able to provide this type of service in a joyful or a happy atmosphere instead of a catastrophic atmosphere.”

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