It can be difficult to understand that nature is cruel and brutal at times. Consider what happens when some animal species abandon their young. But, hey, that’s life, right? Nobody said we had to just accept it and accept it as it is…
This is the lesson Erin and Bea are trying to teach us. Bea’s clutch abandoned her before she even hatched. Bea was irritated by the whole thing. Erin happened to come upon her just as Bea was hatching due to a fortunate set of circumstances. She tried but failed to call the mama duck back to the hatching nest. As a result, Erin made the decision to take matters into her own hands.
Bea was a late hatcher, and the rest of the brood had already abandoned her while she was still hatching.
“…there were a lot of unhatched eggs, so I stopped at the nest on my way back to make sure they weren’t all duds.” Well! It’s a good thing I did, since this little bugger was in the process of hatching!!! It was a whole day after the rest of the clutch had hatched. I tried for hours to persuade Mama to return to her nest. Baby was still sleeping at dusk, and mama didn’t want anything to do with it. “I knew it wouldn’t make it through the night, and my conscience wouldn’t let me ignore it,” Erin told another website in an interview.
Erin couldn’t stand it any longer and decided to adopt the unfortunate creature
Erin took the gorgeous Muscovy duckling under her wing from that moment forward
Look at that cute little baby duck
As a result, Bea flourished and grew under Erin’s watchful eye.
One of Bea’s favorite places to rest is at Erin’s neck.
Bea enjoys being driven around in her backpack carrier.
Erin has dressed Bea in a diaper so that she doesn’t make a mess while playing inside.
When Bea sleeps, she has such a serene appearance.
Erin also has Blanche and Dorothy living in her backyard, and she wants them to become friends.
“I’ve been working every day to get her to spend time with two other ducks. Blanche and Dorothy are their given names. They live in my neighborhood. She runs to greet them when she sees them, so I’m hoping that the more she grows used to them, the simpler it will be to transfer her from inside to outside.”
It doesn’t take long for a duck to grow, and she’s now rather large.
Obligatory boop photo
This is what Erin refers to as a “pre-zoomie staredown.”
And the good news is that Bea and Erin’s long and wonderful romance is only getting started.