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UPDATE IN OP-babies are well-A blonde, a busy 4 lane road at rush hr and 4 ducklings

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  • UPDATE IN OP-babies are well-A blonde, a busy 4 lane road at rush hr and 4 ducklings

    Also known as how I spent my day, and why my DH was trying to pretend he didn't know me...

    My DH and I were out looking at homes today, during rush hr driving down a busy 4 lane rd, when a garbage truck in front of us was suddenly stopped in the rd. There was broken glass/plastic in the rd as well as a dying mother duck, 3 squished dead ducklings and a duckling that was flipping around on the ground obviously stunned. As soon as my DH stopped I said "OH no!" and jumped out of the car while he tried to stop me saying "You're gonna get run over".

    Once out, I saw 3 other ducklings that were unhurt, peeping and racing around all confused. I couldn't do anything for mom duck, so I grabbed the stunned duckling, and with nowhere to put him, put him in my shirt.

    Then another lady came over to help try to get the 3 ducklings. They were tiny, still with yellow fuzz, but FAST. They ran between the 2 rear dually tires on the truck, and would run out the other side before we could get them. So we're crawling around on our hands and knees under the truck, then jumping up and running after them to the other side of the street where we have traffic at a complete standstill while we two idiots try to catch 3 tiny, fast, terrified balls of fluff, intent on escaping. The stopped motorists had expressions ranging from amusement to flat out pissed off. My DH was trying to pretend he had no idea who I was.

    A man stopped his truck, and came over with a milk crate, so the one in my shirt was liberated to that. Then we caught 2 more. We got the 4th one, just as one of the others in the milk crate fell out from the slats, so the chase continued. When that last one was retrieved, we casually waved the drivers through. The guy with the milk crate agreed to take them to the wildlife rescue about a mile away.


    It was only then that we noticed the poor guy who was at the start of the accident. Apparently, he tried to stop suddenly when the mom duck and babies went out in the rd, and the garbage truck slammed into his rear end pushing him into the ducks. His car was squished all the way to the back windshield. He was walking around though and looked unhurt.

    When I got back in the car, I apologetically told my husband "Well, they would have been killed or died without mom". He just shook his head, sighed, and said "I know". He knows me pretty well, fortunately, and knew it would've been useless to try to persquade me not to try to rescue them. Thank God for patient DH's.

    Poor little ducklings. Hopefully the survivors will be ok.

    UPDATE-
    Just spoke to the wildlife rescue that the ducklings were dropped off at. All 4 are doing well. They're Wood Ducks. They plan to raise them and release them. I'm so happy!
    Last edited by jetsmom; May. 11, 2011, 03:23 PM.

  • #2
    Good for you! Mr. CC has a fit every time I swerve for the frogs who insist on crossing our busy road each spring and fall. I HATE driving over them..makes me ill just to think about it. I hit a squirrel last fall and cried all the way home.

    I'll admit, when I was a teen, my brother and I winged a chicken on a country road--like hitting a feather pillow! I laughed, but only after it flounced off in a huff.
    Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!

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    • #3
      Yay jetsmom!

      Good for you.
      Sorry for the guy whose good deed got his car smooshed

      Around here they post signs with pics of Mama & baby ducks where they are known to nest.
      There's even one "Goose Crossing" sign on a 4-lane main road.

      The only thing I've ever hit was a robin that flew right into my grille.
      Made me cry
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      • #4
        Of course you have to stop and help! Glad there was a wildlife rescue nearby.

        I do it too, you can't just leave them in the road, poor things.
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        • #5
          Yup, that sounds like something I would do. I knew we had a lot in common Jetsmom!

          Some years ago I came across a similar scene on a 4 lane road with Canada geese. There was one adult killed, a few babies killed, and the surviving mate and goslings in traffic with idiots trying to drive around them. A man was trying to help them so I stopped also and got out to shoo them off the highway. Other than the adult goose nearly attacking the man who got too close to the babies, it worked out OK. We also had traffic stopped while we herded the goose family to safety.

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          • #6
            Good for you

            Thank you for helping the ducklings..........

            Yesterday on the way to work, I see a turtle in the road so I stopped for it. As I am looking in my truck for something to help it across, it was a snapper, and idiot passed my truck on the right almost crushing the turtle. I was so worried to go to the other side of the truck I stopped a passing car to tell me if the idiot got the turtle or not. He didn't we got the ungrateful snapper off the road.

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            • #7
              jet'smom, what a sad thing to come upon. You were so kind to try and help. Mr. chai stopped 3 lanes of traffic on busy Route 1 north of Boston a few years ago to help a mother duck and her babies cross. In his business suit on the way home from work. Instead of being mad, the people in the cars were clapping for him. My hero.

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              • #8
                My trainer received a bumper sticker for Christmas from us boarders "I Brake for Woolly Bears!"

                She seriously does... with a 6 horse trailer fully loaded...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by casper324 View Post
                  Thank you for helping the ducklings..........

                  Yesterday on the way to work, I see a turtle in the road so I stopped for it. As I am looking in my truck for something to help it across, it was a snapper, and idiot passed my truck on the right almost crushing the turtle. I was so worried to go to the other side of the truck I stopped a passing car to tell me if the idiot got the turtle or not. He didn't we got the ungrateful snapper off the road.
                  Another confirmed member of the I Brake for Anything that Breathes Club here!

                  Casper, your story reminds me of when I was on my way to a bridal shower with two of my sisters and there was a giant turtle crossing the driveway at the club where it was being held. Sister driving the car hops out and is going to just pick the giant muddy turtle up and "help" it across the road and up the curb before it gets crushed by all the cars coming in (it was a BIG shower). I'm yelling "Don't touch it! It's a giant Snapper!"

                  Much hilarity ensues while we hold up traffic as we are stomping around in high heels rustling around in the car for something to help us move the darn thing while traffic backs up. Made me wish we had my dirty horsey car which for sure would have had something useful. Finally my other sister, who was being dropped off by my BIL showed up. He got out of the car hysterical and saved the day. Nasty turtle got where he needed to go and nobody lost any fingers!

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                  • #10
                    Great story to wake up to!!!

                    Last year we were driving along a fairly busy highway and this black and white "thing" ran across the road and back again, causing a bunch of cars to swerve to avoid it, but no one stopped. Except me ... ...

                    It was a baby calf playing chicken on the highway, so I pulled off on the shoulder and sprinted after it (my daughter was in the car going WTF???) and by then the owner was in hot pursuit as was the farmer from across the road. The farmer got to it first and got it by a front leg, I grabbed a back leg and we got it down on the ground and the owner came up with a halter and lead and looking at me in my "good going-to-town clothes" said "watch it - they kick!" and I said "Dont worry - I have horses - I know which end kicks and what ends bites!" and we all laughed as she led away her escapee ...

                    Im not sure which would be harder to catch and confine though - scurrying little ducklings or kicking baby calves that are having too much fun to be caught!!!
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                    • #11
                      -raises hand- I have stopped traffic before to help turtles and duckings. Has to be done!

                      I inherit it from my mother, who, along with one other crazy lady and eventually a state trooper, halted half of 95. Yes. Four lanes, one direction. Mother duck was frantically trying to get her babies across, but was stuck against the Jersey barrier that divided the directions. Somehow she had managed to make it across the four lanes going the other direction.

                      On a related note: What is it with the idiotic mother ducks looking at a giant black-tarred highway and thinking "Hmm, yes, this is the route that I want to take with my babies!"

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Heliodoro View Post
                        My trainer received a bumper sticker for Christmas from us boarders "I Brake for Woolly Bears!"

                        She seriously does... with a 6 horse trailer fully loaded...
                        Greenie nut....sorry, but this is fanatical, not heroic. The poor fellow with the squished car! Does it strike anyone else as odd that there was a MAN with a squished car and the duckling heroes did not notice until the ducks were taken care of? Or that you are risking your life in a four lane road for ducklings? A little more balance might be in order, yes? I have been known to stop traffic for a turtle and was almost run over getting a stunned cat out of the road, but come on! Glad he was not having a stroke, heart attack or bleeding to death in the car while everyone was running around with ducks.
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                        • #13
                          That is a hysterical story. I really feel bad for the guy with the smooshed car though and other driver that could very possibly loose his job for rear ending him. I will stop to help wildlife...within the bounds of reason and safety. When my daughter started driving I had to tell her that if she spotted wildlife in the road do try to stop for it BUT if there is no safe alternative go ahead and hit it. We had had a rash of teens and young adults dying in single car accidents on the roads here when their cars left the road and went into a tree or something. 90% of those accidents were thought to be the result of the driver swerving from an animal in the road and loosing control. One night I got the call that every parent dreads. My daughter called me to tell me that she has had an accident driving on a country road. She hit a deer. Her first words to me were..."I just wanted you to know that I had to hit it". She was crying and upset but she was alive to make the call. Had she tried to avoid the deer she might not have been the one making that call to me.
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                          • #14
                            Very sweet!

                            I would have ended up taking them home

                            Not only do I brake for Woolly Bears, I stop to move dead, but not squished, critters off the road. I hate seeing them all pancaked.

                            I used to deliver newspapers. At night, in spring, the toads were SO thick on the roads you COULDN'T avaoid them. Its SO gross....they POP when you run over them

                            LBR

                            PS- A guy who stops for wayward critters is VERY sexy!
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by lcw579 View Post
                              Another confirmed member of the I Brake for Anything that Breathes Club here!

                              Casper, your story reminds me of when I was on my way to a bridal shower with two of my sisters and there was a giant turtle crossing the driveway at the club where it was being held. Sister driving the car hops out and is going to just pick the giant muddy turtle up and "help" it across the road and up the curb before it gets crushed by all the cars coming in (it was a BIG shower). I'm yelling "Don't touch it! It's a giant Snapper!"

                              Much hilarity ensues while we hold up traffic as we are stomping around in high heels rustling around in the car for something to help us move the darn thing while traffic backs up. Made me wish we had my dirty horsey car which for sure would have had something useful. Finally my other sister, who was being dropped off by my BIL showed up. He got out of the car hysterical and saved the day. Nasty turtle got where he needed to go and nobody lost any fingers!
                              This reminded me of a time my sil and I came up on a huge snapper in the middle of the highway. We tried and tried to move him but he moved us more than we moved him. We'd try to shoo him to the side of the road and the hateful thing would come after us with his mouth wide open.

                              Finally a man stopped and asked us what we were trying to do. We told him, he looked around and grabbed a thick sturdy limb, poked the side of it at the turtles mouth and the turtle grabbed hold. He carried it to the side and down the bank, dropped the limb and came back up. Problem solved!!
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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Calamber View Post
                                Greenie nut....sorry, but this is fanatical, not heroic. The poor fellow with the squished car! Does it strike anyone else as odd that there was a MAN with a squished car and the duckling heroes did not notice until the ducks were taken care of? Or that you are risking your life in a four lane road for ducklings? A little more balance might be in order, yes? I have been known to stop traffic for a turtle and was almost run over getting a stunned cat out of the road, but come on! Glad he was not having a stroke, heart attack or bleeding to death in the car while everyone was running around with ducks.
                                Umm...while I side with you on the woolybear rescue being a tad bit overkill...

                                Please consider that the man who stopped & got smooshed for his effort was probably the first thing anyone checked on before going after the ducklings.
                                I know if I had come on the scene I would have checked on any drivers/passengers involved before tending to animals.
                                And in my (unfortunate) experience of being involved in a nasty accident - plenty of bystanders checked on me.
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                                  #17
                                  Originally posted by 2DogsFarm View Post
                                  Umm...while I side with you on the woolybear rescue being a tad bit overkill...

                                  Please consider that the man who stopped & got smooshed for his effort was probably the first thing anyone checked on before going after the ducklings.
                                  I know if I had come on the scene I would have checked on any drivers/passengers involved before tending to animals.
                                  And in my (unfortunate) experience of being involved in a nasty accident - plenty of bystanders checked on me.
                                  The garbage truck driver had already checked on him.

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                                  • #18
                                    i am so guilty of holding up traffic for all kinds of critters.
                                    in fact--i knew my dh was the one when we were driving on a newly paved road which ran parallel to the river when a loon swopped down in front of us and tried to land on the road instead of the water.
                                    future dh swerved around him as i screamed pull over--so he did and watched in amazement as i whipped my shirt off and grabbed the stunned loon. got back in the truck and gave him directions to the wildlife rehab guy.
                                    he said nothing until we were done with the loon and than told me i was his hero.
                                    lol, he was a city kid who had never encountered anything like that.

                                    there's also a bil who always tells the same story about me driving and risking everyone's life by swerving into the other lane to avoid a cluster of butterflies.
                                    sheesh, there was miles of visibility and no one was coming. not my fault if he pooped his pants.

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                                    • #19
                                      Many years ago I was driving on a very busy road as described in the OP when I see a mama duck standing inches from the side of the road. Ironically enough in the parking lot as traffic whizzed by inches away. I knew something had to be wrong so I stopped and figured out her babies had fallen into the storm drain. It was very heavily bolted down so I called the DOT who sent out like 8 trucks! There must have been 15 guys helping get the babies out. The drain had about 6 pipes that fed into it so they were coming from all directions. We thought we had them all and were walking away when I heard peeping. They took a string and tied it around one of the babies and lowered into into the manhole and used it as bait to get the last one out.

                                      When all was said and done I had twelve newly hatched ducklings and no Mom as she flew away. I took them home and put them in the shower then got on the phone and found help. Found out from the rehabber I took them to that I could have been fined $1000 each for having them in my possession. Congrats from one duck rescuer from another!
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                                      • #20
                                        I stop for turtles, especially box turtles. I've been running back to get a turtle off the road and had a driver swerve and run over the poor thing.

                                        I hit a bunny once (he just hit his head on the bottom of the car...I stopped and picked him up, keeping him warm. After 10 minutes his bunny eyes opened up...REALLY WIDE! and I let him go. That was one bunny the fox was getting that night.

                                        I did stop one day for a Basset. Tons of traffic and this poor dog was in an intersection scared to death. I stopped, opened the door and yelled, "Well, c'mon girl, get in"...she knew those commands and I had a Basset in my TR6 (they're small cars). She just lay down and went to sleep (waking up for a hamburger to scarf down). Turns out a family lost her a few days before and couldn't stay in the area. They came a week later once they got the news "Brandy" was safe. Very sweet, but gassy--phewee!, dog. I was getting used to her when they showed up.
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