"We did this amazing thing for him as we wanted to make him really happy. We switched one egg over from one nest to the other. Mr. Percival and his partner have been communicating with the egg and today it hatched and we just couldn’t believe," the Twinnies Pelican and Seabird Rescue shared.
2020 is a blessed year for Mr. Percival who is a pelican residing in Twinnies Pelican and Seabird Rescue in Australia. The gentleman, according to the Twinnies Pelican and Seabird Rescue, along with his partner, had been nesting and taking care of his eggs for six years but none of their eggs ever hatched.
However, Twinnies Pelican and Seabird Rescue decided to step in and help the couple in their journey of becoming parents.
The carers of the sanctuary placed a fellow pelican’s egg in Mr. Percival’s nest as they felt sad when Mr. Percival saw the others around him seeing baby pelicans. Twinnies Pelican and Seabird Rescue shared the story on their Facebook page where they explained how they helped the couple.
“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,” the post read.
“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,” the post continues. “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.”
Twinnies Pelican and Seabird Rescue also mentioned Mr. Percival's new role as a responsible dad. "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,” they wrote.
“He made us cry! As you can tell, he and his partner are in love with their newborn pelican chick. Glad he will feel like the others that are surrounded him with their pelican chicks,” the carers share their excitement. “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.”