Displaced ducklings navigate Portage Avenue, Broadway
Group of ducklings led by mom cross busy streets in search of water
A dozen ducklings tried a daring feat in Winnipeg on Wednesday when they tried to cross Portage Avenue in rush-hour traffic.
A group of helpful Winnipeggers stepped in to help the troupe, which was led by the ducklings' mom.
After a woman chased them off the busy street, the birds became briefly trapped in a CBC Manitoba parking lot.
Several people stopped to help, scooping the ducks up and putting them in a box. They took them to a nearby green space, but their mom was scared off in the process.
Shortly after, a conservation worker arrived to let the ducklings out, who briefly took shelter under a tree.
The conservation officer said it’s not a good idea to separate ducklings from their mothers, as they are sometimes unable to locate them again.
But, shortly after, the mother was spotted herding the group across Portage Avenue again. Customers at the nearby Sound Exchange and the store owner Jeff Bishop stopped traffic to help the group cross together.
"We found a puddle for them to play in," said Bishop.
The duck and her brood were last seen crossing Broadway, where more people moved in to help stop traffic.
The group may have been headed to the nearby Assiniboine River.