Duckling day out

Wildlife Victoria thanked the quick-thinking Metro Trains staff at Flinders Street Station today after six ducklings were rescued from the tracks at platform 10.

Eagle-eyed staff members spotted the ducklings on the tracks and rounded up six ducklings, despite one making a valiant effort to escape. 

Metro Trains staff then contacted Wildlife Victoria on 8400 7300 and a volunteer rescuer was dispatched to collect the ducklings and take them to safety at a registered wildlife shelter. 

The ducklings are now in care and will be released when they have grown to a size where they can fend for themselves. 

Wildlife Victoria CEO, Lisa Palma, praised the quick-thinking Metro Trains staff for their heroic efforts in rescuing the duckling family. 

“We very much appreciate the efforts of everyone involved in the rescue of these ducklings,” Ms Palma said. 

“Thanks to them, the sweet little ducklings will get a second chance at life on the wild side.” 

Wildlife Victoria has responded to 1,383 duck cases since 1 September 2021. 

How to help lost or displaced ducklings:

  • Providing the ducks are safely under the watchful eyes of their parents,  please don’t get too close. Allow them to move freely without any interference. 
  • If ducks are on the road, providing it is safe, alert oncoming traffic.
  • Watch this video for tips on how to help ducklings.
  • Wildlife Victoria’s Emergency Response Service can be contacted on (03) 8400 7300 or visit to lodge a wildlife emergency report online. This service is available 24/7.
  • Learn more about Victoria’s ducks at