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Ducks caught in a jam on freeway get lift to O.C. park

June 18, 2010 |  9:24 pm

A mother mallard and her six ducklings were rescued from a busy Orange County freeway Friday night by animal care officers alerted to the fowl situation by the California Highway Patrol.

Ryan Drabek, director of Orange County Animal Control, said CHP officers kept the ducks from straying into traffic. "They were able to coerce them over to the side of the road," he said.

The ducks were on the 55 Freeway between the 91 Freeway and Lincoln Avenue in Orange. They were taken to a pond in nearby Eisenhower Park, behind the Brickyard shopping center.

"The closest location we can release them, the better," Drabek said.

Drabek said he had no idea where the mother was headed, but said she probably was looking for water. He urged anyone who sees ducks in dangerous situations to call animal care officials.

"You know, springtime," he said. "There’s a lot of momma ducks."

-- John Hoeffel