Owl and duckling
The Owl and the Pussy Cat may have gone to sea, the Owl and the Duck on the other hand, are very much taking it easy with afternoon naps!
Friendship comes in many forms, and at times can be forged with the most unlikely of companions!! The same is very often true in the animal world, as was proven this week.
Meet ''Chop-suey'' the baby White-crested Runner Duck and ''Larch'' a tiny baby Long-eared Owl. A very odd couple - but the best of friends!
The two three week old babies met at Kirkleatham Owl Centre in Redcar, North East England, and are now inseparable.
''We initially had 12 duck eggs in our incubator, but sadly only the one egg hatched, and although Chop-suey was happy with human company, he was never happy being left alone - so with Larch by himself we put the two together and they instantly snuggled up and fell asleep. For obvious reasons we won't be able to keep them together for much longer, but while they are still very small we are more than happy for them to enjoy their time together''
''Both will hopefully take part in the centre's flying displays, although probably not together! Larch will be a fast flyer, while ''Chop Suey'' being a runner Duck will most likely be more of a ground bird.''
Long Eared Owls are a very secretive species, but being hand reared Larch is confident around people, especially with best friend Chop-suey at his side!
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