April 25, 2010 in Nation/World

Driver saves duckling brood

Associated Press
 

WEST ALLIS, Wis. – A mother duck didn’t survive her walk across a busy Wisconsin roadway, but a motorist made sure the 14 ducklings stayed safe – even one that wriggled under her dashboard.

Angela Speed of the Wisconsin Humane Society said the good Samaritan was driving in West Allis, a Milwaukee suburb, on Friday when she saw the newly hatched mallards trying to cross a busy road.

The woman told Speed that a vehicle in front of her appeared to intentionally hit the mother duck, leaving her ducklings confused in the middle of the road.

The woman gathered each into her car and took them to the Humane Society.

But an hour later, she heard a peep. A mechanic took apart her dashboard and found the 14th duckling. Speed says the brood is healthy and expected to survive.

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