Motorists’ Happy Honks as Man Saves Ducklings from Road

So many of us have encountered an animal trying to cross the road in traffic and it’s often a dangerous situation for the rescuer, particularly if there’s a hot-head nearby. But when a Pennsylvania man jumped out of his car to help a family of ducks cross the road alive, he learned that for every driver impatiently hollering out the window, there are a dozen others who are lending their support.  Enjoy!

Written by Bill Roseberry of Pennsylvania

One sunny late spring day I was driving on a local busy highway and stopped at a traffic light.  A woman pulled up on my left with three children in the car and was slightly ahead of me.  To the right was a largish commercial truck.  I was startled when the children reacted to a mother duck and her brood that had wandered into the roadway.  Not knowing what the commotion was about at first, I got out of my car and looked in front.  There the brood was with about nine ducklings. Their fate was sealed if they didn’t hurry back to the side of the road.  There was no way across all the lanes of traffic in 2 directions in the time allotment for the light and nothing on the other once arrived, so I quickly looked at the kids and their mother, who had a worried expression on her face as she looked at those ducklings and their mother.

Thinking fast, I herded the babies and their mother back in the direction from which they had come.  There were a couple of small water retention ponds that always seemed to have water in them not too far away.  I had to stay back a bit as they were hovering around Mom and she was all over the place trying to get away form me.  Squawking and quacking furiously, she was frightening the young birds.  I didn’t want them to panic and spread out!  That would surely be the end.  The children were crying in the background, adding another level of distraction when the trucker to my right shouted, “C’mon, they’re just ducks!”

I stopped and observed, “Tell those kids and their mother your going to run them over then.”

How many times have you been faced with a similar situation?

I turned around and saw the ducklings huddled at the side of the road unable to leap over the rather high curbside, although they were trying to do so with a sense of urgency now that Mom wasn’t right in front of them.  The mother had made the leap and was marching back and forth, quacking away.  Slowly, with time running out and worried about the light changing, I stepped up and began lifting the ducklings by ones and twos until I had them all by their mother’s side, out of danger.  Telling them sternly to look both ways before entering a roadway, I retreated to my car and the light changed.  We proceeded away.  The woman and her kids gave me an appreciative wave and cheer and several other motorists honked in approval (I’m sure).

I’d do it again 11 out of 10 times.  So turns the karmic wheel.  I would not have been able to sleep nights of I didn’t do what I could to help those poor creatures in their hour of need.

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Virginia A.

Wonderful story. Congratulation to save them.

Pamela H.
Pamela H5 years ago

We all know what the trucker would have done now. :/

Sheri D.
Sheri D5 years ago

Thanks for saving all of them! Great job!!!

Alicia Guevara
Alicia Guevara5 years ago

Tks Bill!!!

Carrie Anne Brown

great article, thanks for sharing :)

Klaus Peters
Klaus Peters5 years ago

I had a similar situation at a junction when I went home after work. That was about 15 years ago. Mama duck crossed the road with her ducklings while I had green and I immediately stopped and switched on my emergency lights. A car behind me stopped and asked me if he could help me, I just pointed at the ducks and he helped. But all hell broke loose when the duck family decided to make a right hand turn and cross the main road, again on red. By that time we had a few onlookers realizing the situation and decided to help. This little family was on its way, and the crowd dispursed, traffic flowed again. But this was not the end for me and the guy who asked me if he could help me, we followed the duck family to a small pond which they called home. The little ones dived in and mama duck turned around and we heard quack, quack. I think that means thank u in duck language. But what was encouraging, nobody lost their temper. In the front rows drivers offered to help, further back in the traffic jam drivers not knowing what was going on kept their cool. It is one of the highlights of my life, as small as this incidence may be to other people, I drove home with a smile.
My wife realized I was coming home later as usual, she asked, where have you been. I just said, I just met Donald Duck's family.


Thank you soooo much for what you did with the ducks, God Bless You!!!!!!!!!!

Katherine Wright
Katherine Wright5 years ago

God Bless You and a big THANK YOU! You are truly a hero!

Lika S.
Lika P5 years ago

We have a duck crossing near the pond of our only hospital. During summer months, ducks cross there plenty, and everybody stops. If anyone refuses to give them right away, they are reported, and often times arrested.

Waheeda S.
Waheeda E5 years ago

Thank you for helping those lovely creatures!