Seven orphan ducklings had to be rescued by police after their mother led them onto the tracks at Denmark Hill station in south London.
The mother duck was killed on the tracks, but officers were able to rescue the birds and arrange for them to be adopted by a kind member of the public who saw the incident happen. The ducklings are now enjoying pond life in the Sussex countryside.
Sergeant Cheryl Ling said: “After ensuring that trains had been stopped from running through the area, we entered the track with colleagues from Network Rail, and safely removed the ducklings.
“It wasn’t a happy start for the ducklings, but it will be a happy ending, I’m sure".