Somehow, the owl must have known that the lone egg needed help, and so she cared for it and eventually hatched it herself, keeping the duckling company until the little guy could find his way back to his family.
The pair seemed incredibly comfortable together as they cozied up to each other in the door of the box, and it was certainly a sight unlike any other.
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Wood ducklings usually leave their nests 24 hours after they hatch, after they hear their parents calling for them. Wolf watched over the next 30 minutes as the duckling and the owl popped in and out of view together, the duckling chirping all the while, until finally, his worried parents heard his cries.
“We assume it heard them because it suddenly jumped from the box and made a beeline for our back fence and our neighbor's yard where there's a pond and the adult wood ducks have been seen by us,” Wolf said.
The duckling and the owl parted ways at that point as the little guy ran off to be reunited with his family, after a kind stranger kept him safe and warm for as long as she had to.
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