CALGARY, Alberta — A stranded family of ducks recently got a free ride to safety thanks to a Canadian taxi driver.
CBC reports Checker Yellow Cabs driver Urga Adunga happened across a duck and ducklings stuck in traffic Thursday in Calgary, Alberta.
“I didn’t want to pass them because there is no way for them to escape from the road; it’s blocked all the way,” he told the station. Adunga said he put his hazard lights on, got out of his vehicle, and grabbed the mother duck.
Then, with the help of some others, he placed the duck and ducklings in his cab.
Adunga then drove the birds to Bow River in Alberta (map). Upon arrival he shooed the mother duck out of the car, then carried the ducklings out.
The birds waddled their way to shore, and Adunga continued on with his regular work. It was a ride that would have cost a person $21, he estimated.
“It was amazing and I was happy to serve them,” Adunga told CBC.
Added Adunga: “As a human it is our responsibility to protect those animals, and nature and the environment. I could do it again too. Not only the animals, humans too. We have to rescue each other, we have to help each other.”
— CBC Calgary (@CBCCalgary) June 12, 2015