A RUNAWAY duck had a lucky escape after making his way across a busy road to reach a traffic island.
The bird was spotted standing in the middle of Mill Road in Bathgate by a perplexed passer by who took him to a nearby garden when, oblivious of any impending danger, he started to wander into the flow of traffic.
The daring duck is being care for by staff at the Scottish SPCA’s Edinburgh and Lothians Animal Rescue Centre in Balerno who have nicknamed him Romeo.
Animal rescue officer Connie O’Neill said: “Romeo was initially spotted on a traffic island in the town centre but he then started wandering on to the busy road.
“Thankfully, a concerned passer-by picked him up and put him a nearby garden.
“When I arrived he was sitting on a door-step looking none the worse for his ordeal.”
Although found in the street, Romeo is a good natured little bird, leading Scottish SPCA officers to believe he has come from a good home where someone will be missing him.
Officer O’Neill added: “Romeo had a very lucky escape and we’d love to reunite him with his owner.
“He’s a really friendly boy and he’s in good condition so we think someone will be missing him.
“If no-one comes forward for Romeo, we’ll find him a loving new home.”
Anyone who recognises Romeo is being asked to call the Scottish SPCA Animal on 03000 999 999.