This is so incredibly sweet!
Mr. Pelican was first found on Chambers Island in Maroochydore, Queensland, constantly getting in trouble. He would get entangled in fishing lines, and would constantly need help. As Twinnies Pelican and Seabird Rescue, in Australia, continued to come to aid him, one day that came to find him missing a wing due to a severe injury, and was taken into Twinnies Sanctuary.
Since then, Mr. Pelican has found a partner and has been trying to have a baby. For six years, Mr. Pelican and his partner have been trying, they would dutifully watch and sit on their eggs, share the incubation period together, and no egg would ever hatch.
Until now. This past September, when a caretaker at Twinnies placed a fellow pelican's egg within Mr. Pelican's nest, and it hatched.
Twinnies stated on their Facebook page, "Mr. Percival has never given up trying to have a baby pelican chick. We felt so sorry for him as it's so sad when he's seen the others around him seeing baby pelicans. So we did this amazing thing for him as we wanted to make him really happy this time."
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Mr. Pelican and his partner are so ecstatic and already in love with their baby chick! Twinnies announced on Facebook, "Mr. Percival was proud as punch. He made us cry. As you can tell, he and his partner are in love with their newborn pelican chick.”
As the weeks passed, Twinnies gave a Facebook update about the chick, "We are so proud of him as we can see the baby pelican chick is growing beautifully. Mr. Percival goes for a swim and catches little fish then he feeds his little one.”
Mr Pelican is loving fatherhood, and according to Twinnies, he's never happier than with his beautiful baby. “His behavior is just amazing,” Twinnies continues, “[He’s] been doing a lot of pelican talk to us, as he knows we’re so happy, too.”
Close up of the baby pelican chick!
“This is true love for our Mr. Percival,” Twinnies adds.
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