For over six years, a loving pelican couple at the Twinnies Pelican and Seabird Rescue in Australia have hardly tried to have babies, but unfortunately none of the eggs hatched. Even the birds completed their duties with the upmost accuracy, their attempts in having a baby always proved unsuccessfully.
Fortunately, this season the things have changed for Mr. Percival and his partner. The caretakers at the rescue were so impressed by the couple, they decided to give them some help. So they’ve put another pelican’s egg in their nest. After the 30-days incubation time, the pelican couple was finally able to welcome a baby after so many years of trying.
“Mr. Percival has never given up trying to have a baby pelican chick,” the rescue center wrote on Facebook. “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.”
The moment the two birds relized they are finally parents was so overwhelming. Their reaction made the caretakers cry. “Mr. Percival was proud as punch,” Twinnies wrote. “He made us cry. As you can tell, he and his partner are in love with their newborn pelican chick.”
Of course Mr. Percival shows a lot of devotion in completing his parental duties. “We are so proud of him as we can see the baby pelican chick is growing beautifully,” the rescue wrote. “His behavior is just amazing. [He’s] been doing a lot of pelican talk to us, as he knows we’re so happy, too. This is true love for our Mr. Percival.”
Mr. Percival and his caretakers share a very special bond. These kind people rescue the bird 18 years ago, after he got caught in fishing lines. As a result, the young pelican broke one of his wings and would have make him an easy target for predators, so his rescuers brought him at Twinnies.
(Featured image credits Twinnies Pelican and Seabird Rescue/Facebook)