WA Police rescue ducklings in pouring rain on Perth's Mitchell Freeway

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

WA Police have proven there is no case they can’t quack, braving the pouring rain to help rescue adorable ducklings that lost their way and waddled onto a Perth freeway earlier this week.

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

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

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

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

The spokesperson said the officers, with the assistance 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 collecting the birds and entering a roadside storm drain in an attempt to scoop out the last duckling that got washed away.

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

Main Roads WA maintained a safe working area using their incident response service vehicle on the side of the freeway, while the rescue took place.

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

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