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Richmond family delighted when a duck chose second-floor balcony to hatch her eggs

A mallard duck made herself at home by using one of the planters and some plants to build a nest.

A retired professor from Richmond has a “part-time job” right now after finding a duck laid eight eggs in one of his second-floor planters weeks ago.

Robert Rangno was excited to see a mallard duck had chosen his apartment balcony as a nesting site this year.

Rangno and his wife have been regularly checking with the guest to see if the eggs had hatched or not and how she was doing on a daily basis.

The bird made herself at home by using his planter and some plants to build a nest.

“She has been here for a week and she started with one egg,” said Rangno, adding that the duck also took some of his plants to camouflage herself.

“I saw one and thought it was just a random shot. Then it was three and then suddenly it was eight eggs.

“She sat there continuously. Once the eggs are hatched, (people) from the Wildlife Rescue Association of BC are coming over to take the babies and try to catch the mother at the same time.

“Then they will safely transport the whole family to the ground from their second-floor balcony and set the whole family free.”

Rangno said this experience reminded him and his wife of reading to their kids books by Theodor Geisel (aka Dr Seuss), with one of the stories being called “Horton Hatches the Egg.”


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