Mr. Percival and his girlfriend have been nesting and caring for their eggs at Twinnies Pelican and Seabird Rescue in Australia for the past six years. Mr. Percival waited on his eggs for a month, spending the incubation time with his spouse in the hopes of a baby. None of his eggs, however, hatched.
All of that changed in September, when Mr. Percival’s caretakers placed a fellow pelican’s egg in his nest.
Twinnies posted on Facebook, “Mr. Percival has never given up trying to have a baby pelican chick.” “We felt bad for him because it’s so heartbreaking when he sees other people witnessing newborn pelicans. So we created this wonderful thing for him because we really wanted to make him happy this time.”
Pelicans in Australia breed in colonies, laying one to three eggs each year on average. Their chicks are born blind and naked, simply relying on their parents for food and warmth.
Mr. Percival’s caretakers could see how happy he was to be a new father when his adopted egg eventually hatched. Twinnies said on Facebook, “Mr. Percival was proud as punch.” “He made us cry,” says the speaker. He and his girlfriend are smitten with their newborn pelican baby, as you can see.”
Mr. Percival has shown to be a dedicated father in the weeks following his baby’s birth, dividing feeding and nesting chores with his girlfriend.
Twinnies posted on Facebook, “We are extremely pleased of him as we can see the young pelican chick is developing nicely.” “Mr. Percival goes for a swim and catches several little fish, which he subsequently feeds to his child.”
Mr. Percival has a unique relationship with his caretakers, who have looked after him for the last 18 years.
The baby pelican was discovered on Chambers Island near Maroochydore, Queensland. He’d get caught up in fishing lines and hooks all the time and needed assistance. They continued to assist him in the wild until Mr. Percival’s caretakers sought for a special permit to bring him to the sanctuary after he lost a wing due to a serious injury.
Mr. Percival is now a father for the first time, and nothing makes him happier than being with his child.
Twinnies said on Facebook, “His conduct is absolutely fantastic.” “He’s been talking to us like a pelican because he knows we’re pleased, too.”
They added, “This is real love for our Mr. Percival.”