Three years ago, commuter traffic through the small Wisconsin village of Thiensville, U.S.A., became so?
Three years ago, commuter traffic through the small Wisconsin village of Thiensville, U.S.A., became so great that local authorities decided to establish a special pedestrian crossing over the busy state highway. Their action has drastically reduced casualties among the village population ... of nosting ducks from the nearby Milwaukee River.
Many hundreds of mallard duck? live on the banks of the Milwaukee, on one side of Highway 57. Each Spring, the hens cautiously walk across the road to nest among the le??-spectacular surroundings of Thiensville's houses and shops.
Locals cannot explain why the hens walks rather than fly over the road ... or why they choose to nest away from the river. But, as traffic increased, so did the number of duck deaths. To protect their feathered friends, the villagers decided that a one-hundred yard (91.4 metre) stretch of the highway should become a special crossing where the birds ... not the cars ... had right of way.
Trading-post owner and duck-lover Fred Staples told T.V.N. reporter Jim Cunnings that, on the whole, the crossing had proved successful.