» A 13 Year Old Girl Found An Abandoned Dove Egg. And The Next 31 Days Were Simply Beautiful.
User HideeDeekee on Reddit was looking through an old phone when she found a series of 32 images taken when she was 13 years old. These images showcased the day by day progression of her raising a Ring-Necked Dove.
From the time she found the abandoned egg all the way up to his day of freedom, the photos say it all.
Day 1 – Hatching right in her hand
Day 6 – Starting to open his eyes
Day 8 – He’s already 3 times bigger than the egg he hatched from
Day 12 – His eyes are fully opened!
Day 16 – He can perch now!
Day 18 – Taking him out one more time before he can fly away
Day 25 – You can see the ring forming on his neck
Day 31 – Fully feathered and ready to fl on his own!
She named him Deekee. When asked what ever happened to Deekee, her response was:
The wild one was allowed to come and go as she pleased, like a house cat. One day, she didn’t come back. Either her lack of fear due to us raising her got her captured by a person thinking she’d be a good pet, or eaten by a predator.. however, I have hopes that she simply found a mate and reverted to her wild instincts. Allowing her to roam as she wanted for at least a year allowed her to regain her natural fears and behaviors back.
Let’s hope Deekee lived a full, happy life. One thing is for sure – he wouldn’t have had a chance without this girl’s kindness.