The First #Photo Of This #Newborn #Goose Is Terrible

At a small animal park, one employee always keeps an eye out for duck eggs. They try to prevent the animals from laying eggs and successfully hatching them there, as the drop-off in the pond is usually too extreme for the babies and they end up drowning. They are also killed by the other adult ducks and predators in the park. It’s just not a good place for them to be born. So when he came across a little duckling that was having trouble hatching from his shell, he knew he would have to help him. Otherwise, the little duck wouldn’t have survived the night.

This is Goose, right after hatching.

This is Goose

He was abandoned by his mother. She was on the other side of the park when a passer by heard him chirping from a small hole that he had made in his shell.

He was abandoned by his mother

He left the duckling for the rest of the day, but went back for him when the mother never returned. He wouldn’t have survived.

went back for him when the mother never returned

He helped the duckling out of its shell, warmed him up with a heat-lamp, and waited.

He helped him out of his shell

The next day he was energetic.

The next day he was energetic

Goose bonded with Blue; they fell in love with each other almost immediately.

they loved each other almost immediately

He was a new, fuzzy part of the family.

fuzzy part of the family

And he grew quickly!

he grew quickly

This is Goose after just 2 months.

This is Goose after just 2 months

He was a beautiful little duck (although at the time his gender was still uncertain).

He was a beautiful little duck

He was still friends with Blue, but the dog had to avoid his playful bites now as his beak hurt a little.

He was still friends with Blue

Stretching his full-grown wings.

Stretching his full-grown wings

This is his adult coloring (and his “drake feather” came in, meaning he is a male).

This is his adult coloring

He is a friendly, curious little duck.

He is a friendly, curious little duck

His daddy plans on getting him a duck friend, since now he just hangs out with the chickens.

now he just hangs out with the chickens

In many cases, if you see a baby bird, it’s probably safer to let it be. Many people aren’t properly equipped to raise a frail little baby. Plus, sometimes the mother will come back and help her offspring. What this park employee did, though, was heroic and it’s wonderful that it worked out for him and little Goose.

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