Woman braves traffic, saves 14 ducklings

In this photo provided by Wisconsin Humane Society, fourteen baby ducks huddle Friday, April 23, 2010 in a carrier at the Wisconsin Humane Society in Milwaukee, after a hit-and-run driver killed their mother when the flock tried to cross a busy road. (AP Photo/Wisconsin Humane Society, Angela Speed)

April 24, 2010 7:24:26 PM PDT
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 wiggled under her dashboard.

Angela Speed of the Wisconsin Humane Society says 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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