A lady motorist thought she had killed the bird when she ran into it, however despite clouds of feathers she was unable to find its body.
That was because the mallard had got stuck under the bonnet of her grey Ford C-MAX.
The unsuspecting owner only realised the duck was trapped after three days when her dog picked up its scent at the front of her car.
She quickly drove it to a local vet in Baldock, Herts – still stuck in the engine – but they said they were unable to free it.
One of the vets from the Gatehouse Surgery went to the garage opposite to ask for help. They carefully dismantled the front of the car and rescued the duck – remarkably unhurt.
The duck – nicknamed Baldock by the mechanics – was wrapped in a towel and carried back to the vets who are caring for it before it will be released back into the wild.
Mechanic Andy Brennecke, who freed the bird, said: “She saw all the feathers but when she got out she couldn’t see the duck anywhere.
“The night before she found it her dog was sniffing around the car and she thought thieves had been fiddling with it.
“When she went out to look she saw the duck move.
“She took it to the vets but they said they could not do anything. Luckily we are right opposite.
“We took the front of her car apart very carefully and rescued the duck.
“The duck was trapped behind the bumper, so we had to remove the bumper to get to it. We thought it might have broken a wing but it seemed ok.
“One of the boys wrapped it in a towel and took it back over to the vets.”
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Vet Rachel Caplan said: “We really did not know what to do about it as she had been driving around with it stuck between the front grille and the radiator.
“She came down to the surgery and we were all looking at the car wondering how we were going to get this duck out.
“We then realised it was more of a job for nearby Baldock Tyres as they had the equipment available.
“He was a bit chesty so we kept him in. We then released him at a local pond.”
Motorist Roshani Siriwardena, whose car was in the garage at the same time, said: “The vet came over to ask if they could have a look as the lady was very upset.
“I could see the feet hanging out of the grille, I couldn’t believe it.
“I saw the duck when it came out, it looked a bit dishevelled but seemed unharmed. It’s nice to have a story with a happy ending.”