After Finding Orphaned Chicks In Her Nest, Mother Owl Adopts Them As Her Own

Many animals in the wild have such strong maternal instincts that they will care for young ones who aren’t their legitimate progeny. Surrogate moms have been successfully matched with orphaned babies in need of a mother, resulting in a beautiful and mutually beneficial connection.

That was the case lately, when a childless owl was given two orphaned chicks to raise as her own, and she was ecstatic to have the opportunity to be a mother.

Robert Fuller, a wildlife artist and photographer based in Thixendale, North Yorkshire, UK, assists in the rehabilitation of wildlife. Luna, a tawny owl, has struggled to become a mother for the past two years.

Despite her greatest efforts, none of her children have lived to adulthood. Robert commented, “Not only did her eggs fail to hatch this year, but she also lost her clutch last year.”

As a result, Robert placed the baby owls in Luna’s nest in the hopes that she would look after them.

“I often transfer orphaned or abandoned owlets into tawny owl nests, and the newborn chicks are accepted as their own,” Robert explained. “They have a tremendous desire to protect and nurture.”