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How an Unlikely Bond Formed Between an Adorable Duckling and a Nurturing Dog

Mackenzie Freeman

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Life truly does work in mysterious ways. Even in the face of such great tragedy, all hope is never lost. Every now and then, tragic circumstances can even pave the way for something beautiful to form.

Such is the case when a duckling and a dog entered each other’s lives.

To better understand their story, it helps to go back to the day when Tommy Bentsen stumbled upon a nest of duck eggs. Upon spotting the nest, young Tommy told his family about his find.

The Bentsens then continued to keep a close watch over the nest, hoping to see the mother eventually return. However, the mother duck never returned, per this article from Little Things.

With the mother duck nowhere in sight and the eggs becoming cold to the touch, the Bentsen family knew that they had to take action as soon as possible. In an effort to save the ducklings, the Bentsens looked up ways to hatch the duck eggs and put them into action.

What followed would be an agonizing 28-day wait to see if their efforts to save the ducklings were enough. Unfortunately, they were unable to save all of the ducklings. Only one of the ducklings managed to survive after being abandoned by their mother.

Brody the Dog Steps Up to the Plate

With no parent to watch over her, it would seem that the young duckling would have a hard time adjusting to the world around her. However, it also seemed that the Bentsen family dog had a different idea and he was not about to just abandon his newfound friend.

Brody, the family dog, decided that he was going to take a shot at nurturing the duckling. Mother ducks and male dogs don’t seem to have a lot in common, but Brody certainly seems to have those maternal instincts.

Speaking to CBS New York, Cindy Bentsen said that their dog Brody took on a “mama duck persona” as he watched over the duckling.

No Parting Necessary

At this point, the Bentsen family knew what they had to do. With the duckling nurtured to good health, they knew it was time for them to give her a chance to survive in the wild.

The Bentsen family had a canal conveniently located near their home and they would use that as a way to introduce the young duckling to the animal world. Tough as it may have been for duckling and dog, it seemed that the time was right for the former to move on.

Things didn’t exactly work out that way however.

Not long after the Bentsens released the duckling into the wild, she returned. The Bentsens observed how the other ducks were reacting to the one they helped raise and they noticed that she was having a hard time fitting in. They suspect that it may have something to do with the fact that the duckling was not raised in the wild.

Instead of moving away from her first home, the duckling decided that she wanted to stick around and be around the Bentsens and their dog Brody. It’s an arrangement that Brody is overjoyed about.

According to Ashley Bentsen, Brody likes to follow the duck around and keep a close eye on her. Whenever the duck goes into the water for a little swim, Brody will be close by at the dock to serve as her guardian.

There is no denying that the young duck the Bentsens found and eventually helped hatch had a rough start to life, but those circumstances did not prevent her from finding a loving family. Thanks to the Bentsens and their dog Brody, this young duckling is sure to have a beautiful life.

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35 Life Hacks That Will Revolutionize Your Life

Lea Lomas

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Life is all about learning and as we age, boy, do we learn a lot! In order to make the most out of the wisdom we gain from age, we’ve decided to collect 35 of the most clever life hacks on the internet. You can use these simple life hacks for everything from work and travel to getting chores done faster around the house. 

Once you learn these life hacks, you will never want to go back!

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35 Life Hacks That Will Revolutionize Your Life

Sherry Rucherman

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Life is all about learning and as we age, boy, do we learn a lot! In order to make the most out of the wisdom we gain from age, we’ve decided to collect 35 of the most clever life hacks on the internet. You can use these simple life hacks for everything from work and travel to getting chores done faster around the house. 

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A Koala Mother Babysits Three Joeys

Mackenzie Freeman

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The parents who have several young children at home often talk about the challenges that they face. Caring for even one very young child is certainly difficult. Having three kids like this just multiplies all of the associated obstacles. Strangely enough, many animal parents don’t quite seem to have the exact same issues. Then again, it’s possible that koala parents might have some of the same problems. 

Very young children tend to squirm and kick whenever they’re held. Parents who have twins sometimes have a difficult time holding both of the kids at once for that reason. They might get used to it, but it still might pose a lot of challenges physically. These situations are even tougher on the parents who actually have triplets. There are koala mothers who have to care for three joeys at once. A koala mother at the Billabong Zoo was in that situation recently. 

Human parents have certain inherently advantages. The fact that humans are comparatively tall certainly helps. Human infants and toddlers are very small compared to their parents. Many animal parents are not as fortunate, including the koala mother at Australia’s Billabong Zoo.

While these koala joeys are actually capable of climbing trees on their own, they seem to prefer resting on her back. While they’re still smaller than she is, the size difference is actually relatively modest. The mother koala seems to be only around three times the size of each individual joey. Since there are three of them, she seems to be at least somewhat overwhelmed. 

The koala joeys can’t seem to sit still, and all four of them seem as if they’re struggling to get comfortable and stay that way. They aren’t resting peacefully on the mother’s back. Instead, they’re constantly shifting and stepping on her. As this is happening, she’s still trying to hold onto the tree. They almost look as if they’re scratching her at times, which is enough to make anyone feel sorry for the mother koala.

It’s an entertainingly adorable image, but the mother koala still seems to be struggling to keep up with all of these joeys. She’s being remarkably patient, especially when people consider the situation overall. These koala joeys were not actually hers. She was just looking after them.

This sort of thing might surprise a lot of people, since koalas are not especially social animals. In fact, plenty of relatively unsocial animals will care for babies that aren’t theirs. They’ll still have the caregiver instinct, which can be helpful in a zoo environment. 

Koala joeys are actually very strongly connected to their parents emotionally. They spend months in pouches, and aren’t even remotely independent for a full year. It takes them even more time to become truly independent, and they’re still very attached to their parents from that point onward. This koala is not actually their mother, but they have the same sort of bonding instinct that her actual children would have. She’s acting as their mother, and that appears to be good enough for the joeys. 

Even though they could spend time on the tree alone, many of them are not going to want to do so. Koalas are generally very inactive animals. The mother koala in particular just seems to want to rest, and the joeys are not making that easy. Still, as energetic as they are, the joeys still settle down some of the time. 

It almost looks as if all four of them are going to fall any second. Still, all koalas are adapted to this sort of situation, and they’re astonishingly good at staying on trees. 

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