Perth police in Western Australia save a family of ducklings from certain death on freeway

Adorable moment a quack squad of ace de-duck-tives save a fledgling family from certain death on a busy freeway

  • Police responded to reports a perilous waddle of ducklings were on a highway
  • Footage shows police marching the little waterfowl out of harm’s way in the rain
  • One officer climbed into a drain to rescue a straggler who had been swept away 

Western Australian police mounted a daring rescue mission for a family of ducklings lost and wandering onto a busy freeway in the rain.

The waddle was spotted attempting to cross the northbound lanes of the Mitchell Highway north of Perth on Tuesday morning.

Police had received calls the shelduck ducklings were trying to cross the highway and arrived at the road’s edge to escort the ducklings away from traffic.

Police officers braved the traffic and torrential rain to mount the rescue operation

Police officers braved the traffic and torrential rain to mount the rescue operation 

Waddling orders: Police (pictured) stopped a lane of traffic to help the ducklings walk off the road

Waddling orders: Police (pictured) stopped a lane of traffic to help the ducklings walk off the road

With one police car holding the entire left lane closed, two officers in hi-viz marched the ducklings along the white paint. 

The ducks were looking at certain death on the highway with low visibility in the slippery wet weather conditions.

But the drama stepped up a notch when one of the officer noticed one of the young ducks had fallen into a roadside drain. 

The traffic enforcement officer launched a full-scale rescue operation, climbing into the drain and fishing out the tiny duckling before returning it to the group.

Nice weather for ducks: One officer climbed into a drain to search for a missing duckling, getting drenched in the process before retrieving one lucky duck

Nice weather for ducks: One officer climbed into a drain to search for a missing duckling, getting drenched in the process before retrieving one lucky duck 

Thick as thieves: The duck troop was reunited at the animal shelter to dry out and recover

Thick as thieves: The duck troop was reunited at the animal shelter to dry out and recover

‘With assistance from Perth Traffic, one of our Traffic Enforcement Group officers managed to rescue one of the ducklings after it fell down a roadside drain,’ WA police said.

The ducklings were taken to a native animal rescue shelter in Malaga where they received attention and care. 

‘How’d they chose who went down the hole? Rock, paper, scissors?’ one viewer asked under WA police’s tweet.

‘Good work everyone!’ said another. 

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