Nearly every species is happy to see offspring.
At Twinnies Pelican and Seabird Rescue in Australia, two pelicans have waited for six years to have babies. Mr. Percival and his partner have nested and cared for their eggs dutifully all of these years, even sharing the month-long incubation period with his long-time partner. However, none of their eggs ever hatched. In September, that all changed for the loving couple when the caregivers at the rescue placed another pelican's egg in Mr. Percival's nest. “Mr. Percival has never given up trying to have a baby pelican chick,” Twinnies wrote on Facebook .
The staff shared that they felt so bad for Mr. Percival, so they hatched a plan (egg pun). “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.” As it turns out, pelicans in Australia breed in colonies and lay between one and three eggs every year. When the baby chicks are born, they're naked and blind and rely completely on their parents for warmth and food. The day that Mr. Percival's egg finally hatched was a glorious day.
The caregivers said that Mr. Percival was "proud as punch." He was so happy and tender that it brought the staff to tears. Mr. Percival and his partner are head over heels in love with their newborn and they're taking such good care of it. In the time since the baby was born, Mr. Percival has proven himself to be a totally devoted dad as she splits the nesting and feeding duties with his beloved partner. The staff says, "We are so proud of him," and added that the baby pelican is "growing beautifully."
Caregivers say that “Mr. Percival goes for a swim and catches little fish then he feeds his little one.” The caregivers have taken care of Mr. Percival for 18 years and he has a special bond with them. When they first came across him as a young penguin, he was always getting entangled in hooks and fishing lines at Maroochydore, Queensland. He eventually lost a wing because of a severe injury and his caregivers got a special permit to bring him to the sanctuary so that he would be safe.
Kudos to the lovely couple! Here's a video.