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.
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.
Brood is the second in just a week to get into trouble on a Perth motorway.
Last Wednesday, July 28, a lane was closed and traffic was slowed to 40 kilometers by Main Roads WA after another family of Shelducks was spotted trying to cross heavy traffic near the Canning Highway exit, near Como.
Main Roads WA real-time media coordinator Dana Alhuneidi said a traffic response team has been put in place to close the northbound right lane and provide security while officers contacted WA Seabird Rescue to retrieve the birds.
After a successful rescue, the birds were released into Neil McDougall Park.
Main Roads WA’s real-time media coordinator Dana Alhuneidi said it’s not unusual for ducks to try to cross this section of the highway during the breeding season, which is expected to pick up speed in October and November.
She said drivers should keep an eye out for cute lint balls, but reminded commuters that if they encounter this situation, call the Main Roads Customer Information Center line on 138 138 and contact WA Wildlife on 9417 7105 or WA Seabird Resuce on 6102 8464. .
“Don’t try to save the ducklings yourself,” Alhuneidi said.