See video of Queensland Police's Gateway Bridge duck rescue

RESCUE: A police officer escorted a family of ducks across the Gateway Bridge. Photo and video: Queensland Police Service
RESCUE: A police officer escorted a family of ducks across the Gateway Bridge. Photo and video: Queensland Police Service

A CANNY police officer has stopped traffic in a peak hour duck rescue on the Gateway Bridge on Wednesday morning.

Footage captured by a body-worn camera shows an officer on a motorcycle herding a native mother duck and her seven ducklings across the bridge, which is more than 1.5 kilometres long.

Another vehicle blocked off the far left-hand lane, ensuring cars kept their distance from the ducks.

Throughout their long journey, the officer encouraged the ducks, pointing one straggler back in the right direction after he started to wander into the middle of the road.

Other emergency services reinforcements later joined in the rescue efforts, stopping four lanes of traffic as they carefully captured each of the ducks by hand.

The ducks were transported to the RSPCA for further assessment.

Dealing with animals is not uncommon for south-east Queensland police.

Local police officer stepped in to help after a koala wandered into a Cleveland coffee shop in July 2018.