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Duckling to Owl: "Are you my Mom?"

Laurie Wolf found a screech owl sharing nest with a duckling in her backyard in Jupiter, Florida.

The scene looked awesome but somewhat concerned Wolf as the predator owl might hurt the duckling.

“The two of them were just sitting there side by side,” says Wolf, a wildlife artist and amateur photographer. “It’s not believable. It’s not believable to me to this day.”

According to Christian Artuso, of the Manitoba director of Bird Studies Canada, wood ducks have been living with eastern screech owls before but it is not commonly documented.

You see, wood ducks are known to practice brood parasitism. This means that parent ducks will sometimes lay an egg or two in someone else’s nest—usually another wood duck or another closely related species. 

 Click on to National Geographic for more adorable pictures.

(Image Credit: Laurie Wolf/Facebook)


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