Plover chick cuddled with duckling before being reunited with mother

While plover birds usually don't find much love from Australians, a tiny chick has stolen hearts after being reunited with its mother after it fell down a Gold Coast drain overnight.

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.

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Firefighters were called to the Varsity Lakes drain last night after loud calls could be heard from both the distressed mother and chick. The plover chick was reunited with its surprisingly relieved mother this morning and immediately going in for a reunion cuddle.

"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.

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