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One Florida Duck Never Left Her Nest During Irma

Massive Hurricane Irma Bears Down On Florida
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While many are still cleaning up after Irma in Florida, one family is thankful that their yard duck named “Irma” survived the storm. This duck’s story will show that a Mother’s Love is the real deal.

Joy Trent shared the story on her Facebook page. Since then, it’s been shared about 57,000 times. The story is about a duck mother who hangs out in her front yard:

This is “Irma”, she is one of the Muscovy ducks that hangs out in the ponds in front of, and behind our house in Plant City, Florida. About a month ago she laid 13 eggs at the base of the Live Oak tree in the front yard. She usually gets on and off the nest multiple times a day to eat and drink.”

During the storm, you would imagine that these eggs may have not made it through the storm. However, Irma never left her nest:

Towards evening as the hurricane was heading towards us, we had torrential rains and wind gusts up to 107mph! Irma hunkered down and never left her nest. We could watch her from our bathroom window as we were lucky and never lost power. When the eye of the hurricane was over our house we went out to check on her and she was still sitting tight. After the eye passed the wind and rain kicked up again and we finally went to sleep around 2:00am.

When Joy and her family woke up, this duck was still sitting on her nest. Irma was covered in broken tree branches and Spanish moss, but she was still alive and unharmed. The best part, all 13 eggs were still intact.

So, here’s to Irma, super duck, who sat through a category 2-3 hurricane, protecting her eggs, and said “not today hurricane Irma, not on my watch”! Looking forward to having 13 Muscovy ducklings soon, pooping all over our driveway.”

The family has set up a Facebook page to track the ducks progress. You can get live updates at Irma Duck.

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