I left off Part 1 of this two part mini-blog with this tease. And then he (the police officer) stops. We all stop. He gets out of his car and starts running forward down the empty Interstate.
Hannah’s initial thought was that someone stole the police car.
Others have suggested that he was stopping traffic due to an accident further ahead.
Perhaps a motorcade for a big shot was coming through was another thought.
In our rented Kia Sportage, we are in the second row three cars behind the officer’s stopped police car. A man in the car in front of us bolts out to join the officer and starts running towards the median of the Interstate. He, like the officer, picks up…
… a small duck and races with it across the highway and gently lays it in the far grass off the shoulder.
Out of my car, I walked to the cars behind us to tell them the story. The cars of family vacationers all seem to smile at the delay, now that they get what’s happening. Not more than three minutes after stopping, the officer gets back in this car and speeds off.
It is easy to see that ducks on the Interstate can be a public safety hazard requiring an officer. Instinctively, a driver may veer into other lane to avoid the ducks and cause an accident.
And what do you know, all the way across the country in Maine another officer was dealing with ducks.
On the Maine Turnpike near the York exit, a man is driving a pick-up truck down the highway with a bunch of ducks standing in the back. A police officer pulls over the driver, informs him that he is speeding, and then asks him where he’s going with all those ducks.
The driver says that he doesn’t know what to do with them anymore. The officer says, “Look, there’s York Wild Kingdom not far from here, and that’s where you should take them.” The man thanks the officer and drives off with his ducks.
The next day the officer again sees the same pick-up truck barreling down the Maine Turnpike. This time, though, all the ducks in the back are wearing sunglasses. The officer pulls the driver over and says, “I thought I told you to take those ducks to the zoo at York Wild Kingdom!”
“I did,” said the driver, “but now they want to go to the beach!”