Police are investigating allegations that a van driver killed three ducklings after other traffic had stopped to let a family of ducks cross the road.
Staffordshire Police said in a statement that officers are looking into the allegations over an incident which took place in Trentham, a southern suburb of Stoke-on-Trent, on Friday.
The force was made aware of the incident as a result of a social media post from a witness, which included images of the ducklings lying on the road.
Steven Walley wrote in a Facebook post which he asked people to share: “I’ve just been driving on the A34 at Trentham Gardens roundabout when a family of seven ducklings were crossing the road.
“All the traffic stopped to let them cross but disgustingly this van driver, after initially stopping, could not then wait for the five seconds it would have taken to let them cross and drove straight over them, crushing three of them.”
Mr Walley said he then followed the van to a nearby layby, where he had what he described as a “very heated conversation” with the driver.
Police said they are trying to establish if any offences had been committed under the Wildlife and Countryside Act.
A statement posted on Twitter said: “We are aware of a post circulating of a van driver who is believed to have killed ducklings in Trentham.
“We have made contact with the author of the post and are establishing potential offences under the Wildlife and Countryside Act.
“We understand this is an emotive issue for many people and we ask please that you do not take matters into your own hands.”
The original social media post about the incident has been shared more than 2,500 times.