Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 3 September 2014

Duck family saved after holding up traffic

A feathered family brought new meaning to the phrase ‘lucky ducks’ when they brought one of Belfast’s busiest roads to a standstill yesterday.

A mother duck and six of her young brood brought lunchtime traffic on the Knock Dual Carriageway to a halt when they waddled across the busy road.

The family of ducks were saved from almost certain death when a team of Belfast Telegraph paper sellers came to their rescue.

Robert Osborne jumped to the rescue along with Timmy Stanex and Daniel Campbell when they spied the ducks making their way up the middle of the road.

The Rathcoole man said: “We couldn’t believe it when we saw them.

“We herded them off the road and made a small cage for the young ducks, but we couldn’t get the mother to come with them.

“When the police arrived on the scene they scared her away and we were worried she wouldn’t come back.”

After ringing several animal charities for help, the trio finally got through to a duck charity.

Robert said: “They were great and told us that we needed to put the small ducks under a tree and the mother would find them.

“It was unbelievable – she came back after about 20 minutes and was sitting on them keeping them warm.

“It was frustrating not being able to get someone to help us. When the mother flew away I just couldn’t see her coming back whatsoever.

“I was looking at these wee ducks and saying ‘I can’t just leave them’, so I rang my wife Alana and told her I was taking them home. In the end, thankfully, I didn’t have to.”

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