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Contributed Madison Watson kept the lost loon warm as they embarked on their journey to find its mother on Lake Darling in Alexandria. (Contributed)1 / 2
Ella Watson swam with one of the lost baby loons while waiting the family’s return. (Contributed)2 / 2

When the Watsons and their neighbors on Lake Darling in Alexandria discovered a baby loon on the street, it didn’t take them long to locate the upset mother.

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Sitting in the water near their dock, Connie, Missy, Madison and Ella Watson, along with friends, Kathy Kelsey and Betty Butcher, witnessed a frantic mother loon calling out for her lost baby. As soon as they set the small bird in the water, it zipped over to its mom and they were on their merry way.

It wasn’t until the loon family was long gone that they discovered another loon chick in the grass. They cared for it, keeping it warm and near the water, as they waited for the mother to return for her other baby. When it didn’t look like there was going to be a happy reunion, the group of friends decided to take action and search the lake on a pontoon to reunite the family.

They were in luck! The mother was again found, this time with the first lost baby on her back and more panicked cries for her other chick. The second baby loon was set in the water and again they watched a small bird swim with haste to be with its mother.

The loon family is once again complete, singing their iconic song around the lake.

Annie Harman
Annie Harman is a reporter for Echo Press and The Osakis Review. She grew up in Detroit Lakes and graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a degree in print journalism and history in May 2012. Follow her on Twitter at annieharman
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