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Man raises stray duckling, mothering it with his beard [9 pictures]

Jan 6, 2014 By Rob Toledo

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)


  1. Spongi says:

    “How hard is it to get duck poo out of hair?”

    The trick is to not get poop in your hair. When I took that picture with Peeps on my head I took it as fast as possible to avoid getting shat on.

    Their poop tends to be liquid, liquid, liquid, SOLID! The solid ones clean up easy, the liquid, not so much.

      1. Spongi says:

        I haven’t determined gender yet. I could if I wanted to poke his or her genitals but I really don’t care enough to do that. Doesn’t change anything really. Once he or she is a little older I’ll be able to tell for sure. A couple weeks maybe. The feathers are adult feathers are coming in strong now. Once the tail feathers come in I’ll be able to tell. The males have these little curly-q tails. They quack different but with only one duck I’m not sure if I can tell.

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