The had been incubating her eggs in a nest box in the backyard of a nature photographer for about a month.
One morning, photographer Laurie Wolf noticed the figure of a little bird sitting next to the owl and ran outside excitedly to photograph it.
But when she got a closer look she realized it was a duck!
“The two of them were just sitting there side by side,” Wolf told National Geographic. “It’s not believable. It’s not believable to me to this day.”
Afraid the owl, a bird of prey, would eat the little wood duck, Wolf and her husband attempted to capture him to take him to a wildlife sanctuary.
But the duckling jumped from the nest box and “made a beeline for the pond” and they never saw him again.
Director of Bird Studies Canada Christian Artuso told National Geographic that what Wolf thought she saw happening was likely true.
It wasn’t the first time wood ducks have been scientifically recorded living with screech owls.
Artuso witnessed a similar relationship in 2005 while he was studying eastern screech owls for his Ph.D.
Only in that case, the owl incubated and hatched three wood duck chicks, says Artuso, who published his findings in the Wilson Journal of Ornithology.
“We know this occurs, but we really don’t know the frequency,” he says.
The reason, he explains, is that wood ducks practice something called brood parasitism, which means laying an egg or two in another bird’s nest to increase the chances that at least one of their offspring will survive.
“You could think of it as not keeping all your eggs in one basket,” said Artuso. “If you spread your eggs out, then your chances of passing on your genes are increased, especially if you lose your own eggs to a predator.”
Even though duck eggs are about twice the size of owls’ eggs, the owls don’t seem to suspect any foul play.
“The parents might be thinking, Oh my god! This egg is huge! We’re going to have the best baby in the world!” Artuso said. Source
Dogs are proving they are best friends not only for humans but other species too. Lately, we’ve been witnessed to some very
unlikely friendships. And it looks like huskies tend to find their best companions in other species.
When Koda got lost in December, last year, his owner desperately tried to find her, but his attempts were all in vain. But when Rachel Howatt,
the dog’s owner, lost any hope, the tricksy husky found its way back home, just like nothing ever happened.
“We definitely searched for her, but in the end she just came back,” Howatt told The Dodo. “She is really smart, so I didn’t doubt she could find her way home.”
Wondering where she could have been, Howatt decide to check on her neighbor trail camera.
Just to make sure her Konda wasn’t spotted in the woods near their home in Manitoba, in Ontario, Canada. And the footages revealed something worthily of a Disney story.
While missing, Koda was actually spending time with her newest friend, a wild deer. They were even eating and napping together.
“It was quite something,” Howatt said. “Based on the time they spent on frame, it looked like they spent over 12 hours together. There’s also another photo where there’s two bucks in the picture with her.”
Howatt said she’ll do her best to keep her beloved dog at home, but her attempts might be unsuccessful as Koda will definitely want to reunite with her friend. “Huskies have such a free spirit,”
Howatt said. “It doesn’t surprise me at all that Koda was trying to make a new friend.”
However, this isn’t the first time when a dog and a deer are making a great friendship. The lovely footage bellow shows another unusual duo hanging together, all day long:
One of the world’s largest owls, the Eurasian eagle owl, set up camp in Jos Baart’s third-storey apartment planter. Since the mother owl’s three
gigantic chicks hatched, they’ve taken to watching TV through the window with their new landlord.
In video footage shared by Dutch nature show Vroege Vogels (or Early Birds in English), the huge, fluffy chicks can be seen standing at attention in a row, eyeing the television screen over Baart’s shoulder.
Their less-friendly mom typically watches over her hatchlings from behind a shrub, seemingly a little warier of Baart and her babies’ TV-watching habits.
“She has a good view of the nest from there,” he explains in the video. “She can stay there for six to eight hours at a stretch.”
They seem to have grown accustomed to each other now, but it wasn’t long ago Baart thought they were a nuisance.
“I thought, damn, those pigeons again,” he says in the video.
He was proven wrong one day when he arrived home and the large mother owl took flight right in front of him.
“You can see how relaxed they are,” Baart says in the footage. “They’re not scared at all. For me, it’s like watching a movie 24-7.”
Eagle owls typically nest on cliffs and ledges, the U.S. National Aviary says, but are sometimes known to take over abandoned golden eagle
nests.Guinness World Records recognizes the species (also known as the Bubo bubo) as the largest owl in the world,
with a wingspan of more than 1.5 metres. They have no natural predators and a long lifespan of 20 years in the wild, but can live up to 60 years in captivity.
Miller, who was traveling home from a Philadelphia motorcycle and car show on Saturday, told CBS News another motorist was attempting to help the bird when he pulled over and hopped off his bike.
The other person was nudging the eagle, but when she opened her wings to fly Miller said that “it was pretty obvious the bird was hurt.”
“I do love animals and everything and wouldn’t want to see any animal get hurt or anybody else to get hurt,” he remarked.
Knowing she wouldn’t be able to get out of the road alone, he came up with a plan to save her.
“I took off my flannel, wrapped it around the bird and just picked her right up,” Miller said. Many wild animals would likely react negatively to being carried, but Miller said the bird seemed to know he was helping her.
He was even able to take a few incredible photos of the encounter.
“She did not give me any problems at all, she was completely calm,” he said. “Honest to God, it was harder to hold my cat than her.”
Miller carried the eagle to the side of the road and asked the other Good Samaritans who gathered around him if anyone knew who to call.
Eventually, he called 911, who called the state troopers and eventually got into contact with Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research. The local organization works to rehabilitate wild birds
“with the goal of returning healthy birds to their natural environment,” according to their website.
The organization took about 45 minutes to arrive and Miller held the bird the whole time, which he recounted as a surreal experience.
“Wow, I can’t believe I’m holding a bald eagle,” he said. “She was just looking around, hanging out with me. It was just wild looking into my arms and seeing a bald eagle. Just seeing how massive it was, it was crazy.”
The nonprofit has not yet responded to CBS News’ request for comment, but posted to Facebook Wednesday with photos and an update on the bird’s condition.
The eagle had her wing injury sutured, her abrasions cleaned and is “resting comfortably,” according to the post.