A family of ducks caused traffic chaos when they walked more than a mile to water - because rescuers were too afraid to pick them up. Wildlife rescuers were unable to transport the mother duck and her ducklings because taking them to the wrong pond could have proved fatal - if the mum decided she did not like it.
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Instead they had to track the ducks for an hour through streets in Seaford, East Sussex, to make sure they got to the right pond.
The mother and her five ducklings began their journey in a quiet residential estate before making their way onto a busy main road - bringing traffic to a standstill.
A video recorded by East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service shows their winding route before eventually taking to water.
Rescue Co-Ordinator Trevor Weeks MBE said taking them to the wrong location might have caused the mother to fly off, leaving her babies. It might also have meant they would get lost trying to find their way home, so they had no choice but to follow the ducks.
Trevor said: "These rescues are always difficult and trying to balance the disturbance to humans and the welfare of the mum and ducklings is difficult.
"She knows where she want to go we just need to get her there safely.
"It is common for ducks to nest in gardens and walk their young to ponds once they are several days old, as gardens are generally safer places to nest than at ponds and river.
"We decided that we would let her walk along the roads and keep her safe, we are sorry for any delay she may have caused anyone, but the general reaction of everyone was very positive."
The convoy of ducks was followed closely by two veterinary ambulances and rescuers also tailed the family on foot.
Senior rescuer Chris Riddington added: "There were so many smiling faces from motorists who very kindly slowed down and passed us carefully, helping us to get her to the safety of the pond".