Cop turns Mother Duck at Whakatane crossing
Ducklings aren't usually high on the list of hazards driving instructors warn students about.
Yet one Whakatane learner found his lesson came to a halt while a police officer escorted a brood of ducklings and their mother across the road.
The teenager was driving down The Strand with Marylou's Driving School instructor, Marylou Bruys, about lunchtime on Wednesday.
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"The cop caught my eye first, then I looked down and I saw all these little ducklings," Bruys said.
"I said to my student to stop, and you can hear him in the video saying 'they're so cute'.
"It's one of our few roundabouts that's got five roads coming off it. I say to my students 'double check, look ahead, look right, look at all the streets', but you don't expect a mother duck and eight-odd ducklings to come past.
"I've seen a lot of things in this job, but never that... Ironic that they were crossing at the crossing."
Bruys took a short video of the ducks crossing the road - escorted by a police officer and a woman - and posted it to the driving school Facebook page after the lesson.
By 4pm Wednesday, it had about 13,000 views and 350 shares, and Bruys' phone was filling up with texts.
"Who doesn't love a cute story?" she said.
"That really made my Wednesday."