Owl Hatched a Duck's Egg by Accident, Raised the Duckling Anyway

Laurie Wolf, a local artist and photographer, discovered a young duckling in an owl's nesting box in her backyard in Jupiter, Florida.

Laurie and her family were watching some nesting boxes when she observed a mother wood duck removing her eggs from one of them because the nest had been raided. Laurie eventually forgot about the incident until a month later, when she discovered a duckling in an owl's birdhouse.

“Seeing the owl with the duckling was honestly the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen in my life! It’s still hard to believe.” Laurie said to Bored Panda.

 Laurie, however, became concerned that the predatory owl might eat the newborn duckling. She immediately contacted a wildlife sanctuary near her area and found out that her concern was valid.

When she was about to catch the baby duck it flew towards their neighbor’s pond and seemed to be calling for its parents.

 Laurie posted an update on Facebook, saying, "A little later, the baby duck was in the hole by itself, calling for the parents." “We believe they heard each other because it sprang from the box and dashed for the back fence and our neighbor's pond, where the woodies have been spotted.”

Laurie and her family have not seen the duckling since then.

Images by: Laurie Wolf

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