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Once their eggs hatch, geese, swans and ducks don't continue to raise their babies in a nest. They just lead the way to the nearest body of water and away they all go! Some species of ducks lay their eggs in a tree cavity high off the ground, usually near a body of water, and when their babies hatch, they jump straight down to the water.  Generally, if you find, a duckling,  swan, or gosling, by itself without any sign of its family, it's safe to assume it is orphaned. Those who incubate their eggs on the ground, aren't very particular about where they do that. Mothers and eggs have been found in busy mall parking lots, people's flowerbeds, pool covers and so on. You can't really blame them, they are losing their habitat too. 


Look for the nearest body of water to where you found it; this could be a small stream, pond, river or lake.  If there's no same species family residing there call an authorized wildlife custodian. Trying to put him with a family other than his own is possible but please contact an authorized wildlife custodian  first.  They’ll coach you how to do this and what to watch for to ensure that baby is accepted by the adults in the group. 


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