WA Police rescue ducklings in heavy rain on Perth’s Mitchell Freeway

WA Police proved there was no time they couldn’t quack, braving the pouring rain to help rescue adorable ducklings who got lost and waddled on a Perth motorway earlier this week.

The group of around 10 Shelduck ducklings were spotted trying to cross the northbound lanes of the Mitchell Freeway, just before the Hodges Drive exit in Heathridge, around 10.20am on Tuesday August 2.

A WA Police spokesperson said police received several calls alerting them to the situation and officers from Traffic Enforcement Group North sprang into action.

“Unfortunately there was no sign of a mother duck and the ducklings were in danger of being run over by cars,” they said.

Camera iconThe group of around 10 Shelduck ducklings were spotted trying to cross the northbound lanes of the Mitchell Freeway, just before the Hodges Drive exit in Heathridge, around 10.20am on Tuesday August 2. Credit: Washington State Police

The spokesman said officers, with the help of Main Roads WA staff and members of the public, were able to safely secure all but one of the ducklings.

Video of the rescue shows officers in the rain picking up the birds and entering a roadside storm drain in an attempt to remove the last duckling that was swept away.

“After several attempts, [the officer] was able to rescue the last duckling safely,” the spokesperson said.

Main Roads WA maintained a safe work area using their incident response service vehicle on the side of the highway during the rescue.

The ducklings were taken to Native Animal Rescue in Malaga, where they are now being cared for.

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