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The road to safety: How animals are being rescued by miracle bridge

Bears, moose, and deer are taking to the bridge like ducks to water

In what could go down in history as the cutest story of 2020, we are delighted to report that an animal crossing built with the purpose to save lives is working.

The wildlife bridge was masterminded to prevent the number of road deaths that were taking place as animals meandered away from their natural habitat and towards speeding cars.

Now, there is evidence to show that bobcats, bears, moose, raccoons and deer are taking to the bridge like ducks to water as they use it instead of heading into unsuspecting vehicles.

[Credit: Utah Division of Wildlife Resources]
[Credit: Utah Division of Wildlife Resources]

With miles of fencing to guard them – along with soil, boulders, and logs to feel like a natural environment – the local mammals are now protected wherever they travel.

A glorious video has captured the outstanding success of the bridge, named the Parleys Canyon Wildlife Overpass, which towers over all six lanes of Interstate 80 in Summit County, Utah.

The footage shows the animals migrating safely over the road which had sadly been coined ‘Slaughter Row’ due to the high concentration of collisions before the $22m (£16m) funding.

Speaking about the investment, Utah’s Department for Transport spokesman John Gleason said he was elated at its success after initial reservations that animals might not adapt to it.

[Credit: Utah Division of Wildlife Resources]
[Credit: Utah Division of Wildlife Resources]

Gleason said: “From what we can tell, the number of accidents there is down dramatically. At least initially, it appears the investment in safety is paying off.”

Speaking to a local paper, he added: “And we expected it to take several years before the animals got used to using it, so this is great.”

Not only are the animals using the bridge to cross the highway safely, it seems they are also embracing it as their home. Notably, one cougar was recorded scratching and stretching on one of the logs, which it wouldn’t do if in a stressed state.

If that hasn’t made you feel all warm and fuzzy, we’re not sure what will?!

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