Black-bellied Whistling Ducks Part 2: You won't believe what happened next!

We waited a couple of hours after the Whistling Duck's encounter with the gator to make sure they were safely out of the area before going out to check on the box. There were 3 unhatched eggs, and one appeared that it was just beginning to hatch. A second had movement when I put it down, and I could hear loud peeping from one of them (no doubt what brought in the gators a couple of days before the babies jumped). The 3rd egg was silent, but it smelled very fresh like the other two, and I immediately packed them safely and drove them to St. Francis Wildlife Association - home of the best rehabers anywhere. They put the eggs in an incubator and I said "goodbye" to them. On Tuesday I learned that one had hatched the night before, and on Wednesday, a second one hatched. This was really good news since a lone baby duck rarely makes it. I drove up Thursday and shot some video of the 1- and 3-day old ducklings. I couldn't believe their new home! The staff had set up an aquarium with walls lined with boards painted to look like a swamp, and they had a feather duster that the ducklings felt very safe under, even if it did tickle their noses. A mirror had been placed with the first one when he was alone, and it remained along with a sock, a stuffed animal that looked so much like them that they must have thought it was mom. The had a little bowl of water and bugs, and even a bowl of duckweed. There were eating a little, but still needed to be fed at this point to get the nutrition they need. If they can make it until they can fly, around 60 days old, they will be released here and will hopefully get to know their siblings and parents. CHECK OUT THE SIZE OF THOSE FEET!!!!!

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We waited a couple of hours after the Whistling Duck's encounter with the gator to make sure they were safely out of the area before going out to check on the box. There were 3 unhatched eggs, and one appeared that it was just beginning to hatch. A second had movement when I put it down, and I could hear loud peeping from one of them (no doubt what brought in the gators a couple of days before the babies jumped). The 3rd egg was silent, but it smelled very fresh like the other two, and I immediately packed them safely and drove them to St. Francis Wildlife Association - home of the best rehabers anywhere. They put the eggs in an incubator and I said "goodbye" to them. On Tuesday I learned that one had hatched the night before, and on Wednesday, a second one hatched. This was really good news since a lone baby duck rarely makes it. I drove up Thursday and shot some video of the 1- and 3-day old ducklings. I couldn't believe their new home! The staff had set up an aquarium with walls lined with boards painted to look like a swamp, and they had a feather duster that the ducklings felt very safe under, even if it did tickle their noses. A mirror had been placed with the first one when he was alone, and it remained along with a sock, a stuffed animal that looked so much like them that they must have thought it was mom. The had a little bowl of water and bugs, and even a bowl of duckweed. There were eating a little, but still needed to be fed at this point to get the nutrition they need. If they can make it until they can fly, around 60 days old, they will be released here and will hopefully get to know their siblings and parents. CHECK OUT THE SIZE OF THOSE FEET!!!!!

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Tbfxtcxzo
Tbfxtcxzo - 6 years ago
The seconds when one of them checks the other fellow staying behind that mystic hard surface, they were three and what about this one, better asking my superior on two legs:) short fantasy here.
Tara Tanaka
Tara Tanaka - 6 years ago
Yes, maybe I needed different music!!
JAVI CELACANTO
JAVI CELACANTO - 6 years ago
El espejo que hay ubicado junto a los patitos, imagino que tiene la función de que al versen reflejados en él, tomen autoconciencia de que son patos y no sientan apego hacia sus cuidadores humanos ¿verdad, Tara?.
Tara Tanaka
Tara Tanaka - 6 years ago
When the first egg hatched, the baby was all alone, and I don't know if they put the mirror there for the reason you said, or so that it wouldn't feel so alone. I was very happy when the 2nd egg hatched 2 days later so they would have each other for company! I will ask them and let you know.
Tara Tanaka
Tara Tanaka - 6 years ago
Hello Javi, I spoke with the manager of the wildlife rehabilitation center yesterday, and she said that the mirror was so they could see what they look like - which helps to keep them from not imprinting on people, and also for company. I went to visit them yesterday and they spent a lot of time side by side, looking in the mirror. Tara

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