Owl Mistakes Duck Egg For Its Own And Ends Up Raising It Anyway

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Many animals because of their kindness and intelligence can outsmart even humans. How they can be very loving and kind, discovered the couple from Florida in their backyard.

Laurie Wolf found a duckling and an owl living in her Jupiter, Florida backyard. As a wildlife artist, she took a picture of them and sent it to the National Geographic.

Explaining the picture she told:

“The two of them were just sitting there side by side. It’s not believable. It’s not believable to me to this day.”

Laurie first noticed the Eastern shriek owl that had found the place of living in a home box she has in her patio. After a month, Wolf saw a cushioned thing in the crate with the owl, thinking that it was an infant owl. However, that was not an infant owl, but a duckling, a wood duck, known that can live with shriek owls.

She saw both of them, staying there next to each other, which was not convincing for her long time. She was worried about that situation and her fear was based on the possibility of the owl to eat the duckling, so she decided to contact a local bird expert to ask if these fears were valid. As they confirmed that possibility, she then contacted a wildlife sanctuary, asking them to take the duckling, and they agreed.

The couple, Laurie and her husband went to the backyard to capture it, but it hopped out of the box and headed to a pond and they haven’t seen it anymore.

Laurie believes that she will never experience something like that in her life again. Even the motivation of the duo is not understandable it is always better to look at the positive perspective of it, which can be that the owl was happy to adopt its unexpected delivery.

According to Christian Artuso, the Manitoba director of Bird Studies Canada, the wood duck birds practice “brood parasitism,” adding that this is the phenomenon of the wood duck birds. He explains that it is apparent that they are not laying on all their eggs in one place. These birds are, also laying the eggs in other bird’s nests in the hope that some will hatch and that the genes will enter the next generation.

He hasn’t had the common proves, which is documented, but he strongly believes that it certainly happens.

As an experienced expert of birds, he recalled the situation form 2007 when they found the owl that incubated and hatched three wood duck chicks.

He also stated:

“You could think of it as not keeping all your eggs in one basket. If you spread your eggs out, then your chances of passing on your genes are increased slightly, especially if you lose your eggs to a predator.”

According to Artuso it’s impossible to know what is in mind of a wild owl, which can be a case of what is called by scientists’ supernormal stimuli. He is sure that female owls react with their mother’s instinct to nurture the egg instead of thinking where it came from.

The bigger size of the egg may be the hope of the parents that they’re going to have the best baby in the world!

The experts like Artuso know that this happens, however, they don’t have the foggiest idea about the recurrence. So, any new case of that phenomenon is a happy moment for them.

Artuso concluded that Florida duckling may have survived, and he added:

“Wood duck chicks are precocial, which means they are pretty independent of the get-go. There are also many documented cases of chicks from one brood joining up with those from another brood.”

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