Offbeat
duckling rescued

By Hayley Pugh


This duckling has a good reason to look happy after being rescued from the path of an oncoming train just in the nick of time.

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The adorable family of ducklings were saved from certain death by two kind-hearted engineers who came to their rescue after finding them stranded on a train track in New Zealand.

James Fox and Ryan Milligan from engineering company Tonkin and Taylor came across the vulnerable birds while working on the Main East Line near Pongakawa in the Bay of Plenty.

The Geotechnics specialists were returning to base in a road-rail protector vehicle when the driver saw six ducklings stuck between the rails trying to get back to their mum.

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James and Ryan, who were in contact with KiwiRail’s train control, knew it would be less than 10 minutes before the next train sped by and so the heroic pair immediately jumped into action.

The duo saved all six ducklings and James even had time to pose for a funny snap with one of the relieved birds.

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Ryan said: “The road-rail vehicle takes quite a while to stop once moving, upon seeing the ducklings the driver braked hard and we only just stopped short of them.

“Once free all six ran off into the vegetation where their mother was anxiously quacking.”