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05/30/2014 06:07 pm ET | Updated May 30, 2014

This Ugly Duckling Blossomed Into A Beaut Thanks To Stranger Who Wouldn't Give Up On Him

Meet Goose, an adorable waterfowl who is clearly one lucky duck.

Goose's owner, Oliver Roberts, found the little guy trying to hatch out of his shell on February 11, in an animal park in Australia. Roberts, a worker at the park, heard chirping coming from bushes by a pond, and found the egg with a hole in it, he told The Huffington Post in an email. The mother duck had abandoned the struggling duckling and was with her other newly hatched babies in another part of the park.

Roberts watched to see if the mother duck would return for Goose, leaving the duckling still stuck inside his egg for the rest of the day. When the mother never returned, he went back for the egg, according to Viral Nova.

Roberts decided to help since he knew that ducklings often have a low survival rate at the park due to the pond's steep walls and local predators. It's a good thing he did, because Roberts says Goose is now the only surviving duckling from all those that hatched at the pond.

The lucky little guy looked a bit like a wet hairball with a beak in the beginning, but it didn't take long for baby Goose to fluff up and become absolutely adorable!

Check out the pictures below:

  • This is Goose right after being helped out of his shell. Not much to look at right now, but just wait ...
  • ... here he's all fluffy and adorable!
  • Duck is friends with Roberts' dog, Blue.
  • "I was hesitant to let the dog near Goose at first as I did not know how well they would get along. As it turns out they both loved each other," Roberts wrote on Imgur. "The dog would lie there licking the duck, and the duck would run after the dog anywhere he went and peck at him constantly."
  • At 2 months old, Goose started getting his mature coloring, but his sex was still uncertain.
  • When Goose's colors came in, he turned out to be a male duck.
  • "Now that he is old and can look after himself a bit better he lives outside with our chickens, with whom he has also grown attached to as he walks around with them as if he is one of them."
  • This is one happy rescue duck! Goose is now fully grown and his owner says he plans to get more ducks for him to be friends with in the future.

Check out the original Imgur album of Goose, here.

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