Wichita police say if you see ducks, geese or any other distressed animal impeding traffic, you should call authorities instead of trying to help them yourself.
The advice comes after a 57-year-old Wichita woman landed in the hospital earlier this week after she stepped out onto 21st Street North near Maize to rescue a line of ducklings in the road. She was hit by a car.
“Call 911, call police, let them know there are baby ducks in the street,” Officer Charley Davidson said when asked what the public should do in such situations. “Most of the time cars will stop” for animals in the street, he said, or the animals will scurry off. But in the cases, where they don’t, “you can call us and say it’s causing traffic problems.”
“Police can respond to help with the traffic issue ... and get the wildlife off the road safely,” Davidson said.
The well-intentioned woman hit Monday night not only ended up with serious injuries during her rescue attempt. Police wrote her a ticket for failing to yield to a vehicle in the roadway; she wasn’t in a crosswalk. Davidson said.
Not all of the ducklings survived the ordeal, he added. The woman, however, was treated and released.