At a pelican rescue sanctuary in Australia, a pelican named Mr. Percival and his partner nursed a group of eggs for six years that never hatched. Well, until the people caring for him at Twinnies Pelican and Seabird Rescue placed an egg from a fellow pelican’s nest and was finally given a healthy baby chick after six years.
The team explained in a Facebook post how this experience affected not only the pelican but the team caring for him as well. They write, “Mr. Percival has never given up trying to have a baby pelican chick. He sits on his eggs with his partner that shares the incubation and the eggs have never hatched. He has been doing this for 6 years now and we felt so sorry for him as it’s so sad when he sees 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. We switched one egg over from one nest to the other,” they continue to write, “Mr. Percival and his partner have been communicating with the egg and today the egg hatched and we just couldn’t believe how Mr. Percival was proud as punch.”
The carers say that he’s been a great dad so far, “We are so proud of him. As we can see, the baby pelican chick is growing beautifully and we have learnt something by observing that the male pelican feeds more than the female, but they both take time out sitting on the baby pelican.”
This experience has been so heartfelt to watch for his carers because they’ve watched him for six years nurse eggs and now he finally gets to be a father. “He made us cry! As you can tell, he and his partner are in love with their newborn pelican chick,” they say, “Glad he will feel like the others that are surrounded around him with their pelican chicks. This is true love for our Mr. Percival. We have a special permit to look after him; we have had him for 18 years now and he is enjoying life down by the dam.”