The RSPCA is urging people to look out for wildlife while driving – after a motorist mowed down three ducklings while an inspector and members of the public were trying to rescue their siblings from a drain.

RSPCA inspector Claire Fisher, and the three members of the public who were helping her, were left horrified when the female driver ploughed into the ducklings in Derby Road, Widnes, on Sunday 25 June.

Inspector Fisher said: “When I arrived there, the ducklings’ mum and three of their siblings were nearby in the road. We tried to usher them to safety but were also warning drivers that there were animals in the road.

“Most of the drivers slowed down, but then a female driver in a blue car ploughed straight into them, completely squashing the ducklings and ruffling mum, who was very lucky not to have been injured. Myself and the members of the public who saw this were horrified that the driver had so brazenly driven over the ducklings like this. There was no hope for them.

“We managed to rescue the ducklings in the drain, but the rescue left us all feeling very sad that this happened. It made what should have been an animal rescue into a fraught situation which left emotions riding very high.

“There was no need for the motorist to be driving so fast and we want to urge motorists to be careful in case there is wildlife in the road.”

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