Prickly-Critterz Forum



 
HomeRegisterLog in

Share | 
 

 Mother Duck Dies, But Her Egg Hatches 26 Days Later

View previous topic View next topic Go down 
AuthorMessage




Join date : 1970-01-01

PostSubject: Mother Duck Dies, But Her Egg Hatches 26 Days Later    Fri May 24, 2013 5:38 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

Written by Karen Benzel

The story is so rare, so unusual that Jay Holcomb, International Bird Rescue’s director, can’t remember it ever happening in his 40-year career. It’s a bittersweet story with a heartwarming outcome.

On April 22, 2013, a female Mallard Duck who had been hit by a car in Napa, CA, was brought to our San Francisco Bay wildlife hospital in nearby Fairfield. Staff veterinarian Dr. Rebecca Duerr took an X-ray to determine the extent of the duck’s injuries. Sadly, the X-ray showed a broken spine, an injury too severe for her to be saved.

Also revealed: an egg she was ready to lay.

“When I saw the egg, I thought, Why not remove it and put it in our incubator?” Duerr said. “It would be wonderful if something good came from tragedy. It’s certainly worth a try.”


[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

“We have a 100-egg incubator that has been in full use hatching abandoned or rescued eggs this spring,” Holcomb said. “So in went the special egg, specially marked so we knew who it was, and the wait began. For mallard eggs, the incubation is 23-30 days. There are many reasons eggs don’t hatch, so there was no guarantee, just hope that this egg would.”

Twenty-six days later, staff noticed the egg was pipping! Would the duckling be strong and healthy? It was! A perfect mallard duckling had hatched.

A special leg band was put on, Pink 7, to identify this little girl or guy among the large numbers of other ducklings IBR cares for each spring and summer.

“Every wild duckling we get in — and last year that total number was 1,447 — has a unique story as to why they ended up without their mother and were rescued, usually by good Samaritans,” Holcomb said. “Some come in alone, most others with their siblings, and very rarely we’ll get a mother and her babies who have been removed from harm’s way. But this time, quite by accident, we found the only remaining offspring of the fatally wounded mother, still inside of her in the form of an egg. We did not want her death to be in vain, so we decided to give that egg a chance for life, and as her only living offspring to carry on her genetics. We don’t get to do this very often, but we seized the opportunity and it paid off!”



Back to top Go down
Gaga

avatar

Location : Glitter Way!
Join date : 2012-02-18
Posts : 22983
Age : 21

PostSubject: Re: Mother Duck Dies, But Her Egg Hatches 26 Days Later    Fri May 24, 2013 6:16 pm

awwwww xx

_________________
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
Back to top Go down
tayer
Moderator
Moderator
avatar

Location : south wales: cardiff
Join date : 2011-07-05
Posts : 30685
Age : 32

PostSubject: Re: Mother Duck Dies, But Her Egg Hatches 26 Days Later    Fri May 24, 2013 6:29 pm

Sad
Back to top Go down
https://www.facebook.com/PethauPigioghedgehogs
Lou

avatar

Location : Home
Join date : 2011-07-05
Posts : 45066
Age : 47

PostSubject: Re: Mother Duck Dies, But Her Egg Hatches 26 Days Later    Fri May 24, 2013 10:57 pm

aww that's sad but happy the same time x

_________________
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
Back to top Go down
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003745145643&ref=t




Join date : 1970-01-01

PostSubject: Re: Mother Duck Dies, But Her Egg Hatches 26 Days Later    Sat May 25, 2013 9:10 am

It is, sad and happy - nice ending xx
Back to top Go down
Melody
Admin
Admin
avatar

Location : Birkenhead, Wirral
Join date : 2011-09-25
Posts : 10625
Age : 45

PostSubject: Re: Mother Duck Dies, But Her Egg Hatches 26 Days Later    Sat May 25, 2013 9:35 am

Aaaaaaaaw how lucky was this litte chappie / chappess?!

Happy ending

xoxox
Back to top Go down
Sponsored content




PostSubject: Re: Mother Duck Dies, But Her Egg Hatches 26 Days Later    

Back to top Go down
 
Mother Duck Dies, But Her Egg Hatches 26 Days Later
View previous topic View next topic Back to top 
Page 1 of 1
 Similar topics
-
» Found 4 baby mice/rats believe mother is dead
» I found a mother scorpion today!
» "like mother, like dougher," mmm??? you deside.
» separating babies from mother
» letter from a irish mother

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
Prickly-Critterz Forum :: Pets Corner :: Other animals-
Jump to: