Recently, Brian, an animal lover from Ohio, incubated some eggs so he could raise chickens. But it turns out one was actually a duck. Not sure what to do with it, he took it upon himself to raise the little duckling himself.

Since the bird didn’t have a mother’s wing to nestle into, Brian’s beard had to suffice. It’s been a successful journey thus far, and the pictures are ridiculous…ly adorable.

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Duck and beard

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Over the course of a few weeks, the duckling outgrew his beard…

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But it still likes to hang out in close proximity to its “mother.”

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And fortunately, the beard won’t be empty for long. He says there are three more eggs waiting to hatch.

(via Reddit)