Queenie’s ducklings hatch on steps of Wakefield Town Hall

The chicks of Queenie, the Town Hall duck, have hatched.'Photograph by Sue Worrall.

The chicks of Queenie, the Town Hall duck, have hatched.'Photograph by Sue Worrall.

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MIXED emotions surrounded the dramatic birth of Queenie’s four ducklings at the town hall.

The council’s countryside rangers were called when three of her eggs were found to have hatched in a planter outside the town hall last Friday.

The chicks of Queenie, the Town Hall duck, have hatched.'Photograph by Sue Worrall.

The chicks of Queenie, the Town Hall duck, have hatched.'Photograph by Sue Worrall.

And they had to intervene when they saw Queenie, who had been protecting her eggs in a nest there since last month, trying to cross the busy road to find water for her young ones.

Queenie panicked and flew off, abandoning the ducklings – and it was at this point that the rangers discovered a fourth duckling had become trapped between the planters.

A council spokesman said the four ducklings were now safe and well.

He said: “We are really pleased that all four ducklings are safe, and they are in good hands.

“It was sad that Queenie became distressed and left her young, but if the rangers hadn’t stepped in it is likely that the trapped duckling would have died and that the others would not have successfully completed their journey to a safe area.”

The council is considering transferring the ducklings to a sanctuary for two months before they are released.

And they would like suggestions for names to be tweeted to @mywakefield