Dog has to be rescued by firefighters after swimming half a mile to chase ducks

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A labrador who really likes chasing ducks had to be rescued by firefighters after swimming in pursuit the birds for more than half a mile – and showed no signs of stopping.

A crew from Victorian Fire and Rescue in Australia were taking part in a routine exercise on the Maribyrnong River when they were approached and asked to help out with a real-life situation.

The distressed dog owner told the firefighters that her dog had been chasing ducks and jumped into the river before swimming away.

The black lab, named Indy, had quickly swum out of sight, leaving her owner panicked.

Already in boats, the crews set off along the river in search of Indy, with a passer-by directing them to a lake almost one kilometre away where he had spotted her.

They headed off and found Indy, who – despite the long swim – didn’t appear tired, was still paddling along and “still happily chasing ducks”.

She was in no hurry to be rescued and denied her game of chase, but firefighters used their boats to corner her before lifting her on board, as reported by News.com.au.

To the relief of the ducks, the fire crew said she was safely returned to her owner who was grateful Indy had been found.

And she’s not the only cheeky pet who has been causing mischief recently, after a cat named Tula arrived home one day with an unusual paper collar around her neck.

Unravelling the piece of paper, her owner Nicole discovered it was a note that read: “Does this cat have a home? Always at Toby Carvery.”

Nicole headed down to the carvery to get the full story, where they informed her 11-year-old Tula had been a regular, spending hours meowing at staff and customers for food until someone eventually gave in and shared some of their roast – and she had been doing it since lockdown lifted.