Van driver Paul Murphy picked up an unexpected stowaway when he accidentally hit two ducks on a dark country road in Belgium.
The driver checked his vehicle and discovered the impact had made a hole in his radiator grille, but continued on his journey home without realising he had a passenger wedged under the bonnet.
Around 400 miles later he stopped at a service station on the M1 near Wakefield, West Yorkshire, to take another look at the damage before stopping at a garage for a repair quote.
White van man Paul Murphy found Plucky the duck alive and well in his van grill after travelling 40 miles
Mr Murphy, 41, of Leeds, said: 'All of a sudden I saw this green head behind the radiator. I couldn't believe it. My first thought was "Oh dear, it's dead, what am I going to do here?" because it wasn't moving.
'When its feathers moved I put it down to the wind, but then I saw it was breathing. I couldn't believe it.'
With the help of another motorist he prised the duck out using a screwdriver and put the mallard - now nicknamed 'Plucky' - into a cardboard box and drove him to the nearest PDSA centre.
Vets told Mr Murphy the duck was suffering from bleeding from the beak and a broken wing, but they were confident he would make a full recovery.
He said: 'If they can fix him up I'll be more than happy to take him back to Belgium and release him back into the wild, but maybe this time in a comfy box rather than the bonnet of my van.'
Mr Murphy drove from Belgium to Yorkshire without realising he had a stowaway traveller
Mr Murphy, a self-employed courier who drove to France to deliver a consignment of labels, said: 'In my line of work I come across animals in the road all the time. I do my best to avoid them but sometimes accidents do happen.
'I was driving on empty country roads with my full beam on when I saw these two mallards just sitting in the middle of the road.
'They obviously heard me coming and began to fly straight across the front of the van.
'I had the radio on but I heard a loud bang and straight away I knew I had hit one of them. I couldn't believe there wasn't more mess.
'It just seemed like it must have hit the grille and bounced off into the side of the road.
'There was a hole in the grille but I couldn't hear or see anything so I made my way home.'
Fortunately the duck survived his incredible journey and is likely to go to a local wildlife rescue centre to recover.
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