60 ducks stranded between cars on M25 rescued by RSPCA

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More than 60 ducks stranded on the UK’s busiest motorway were rescued when an intrepid RSPCA officer sprinted between cars to catch them.

RSPCA collection officer Kate Wright was called to the scene – close to junction 18 of the M25 near Watford – on Sunday, and was amazed by what she saw.

Ducks on the M25
More than 60 birds were rescued from the M25 (RSPCA/PA)

“The highways officers and Hertfordshire Police closed the road so we could round the ducks up and corral them into carriers.

“Sadly, some birds had been hit and killed on the road before the highways officers arrived. But we were able to round up around 60 of them.”

Rescued ducks
Kate Wright filled several cages, kennels and boxes with ducks during the rescue (RSPCA/PA)

She added: “I filled up every kennel, cage, box and other receptacle in my van with ducks. But there wasn’t enough space so I had to do two runs.

“I was sprinting down the fast lane, weaving between the halted traffic with a net, trying to catch the stragglers. It was crazy!”

Rescued ducks released safely at a nature reserve
The ducks were safely released at a local nature reserve (RSPCA/PA)

“It was so lovely to release them at such a beautiful spot at sunset,” she said. “They were splashing around and paddling off into the sunset – it was so rewarding.”

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