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Merganser matriarch with 76 ducklings


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offshorebirder

This is a nice article, with photos.

 

"Where she goes, they follow. All 76 of them.

A female duck in Minnesota has about six dozen ducklings in her care, a remarkable image that an amateur wildlife photographer captured on a recent trip to Lake Bemidji, about 150 miles northwest of Duluth, Minn.

“It was mind blowing,” the photographer, Brent Cizek, said in an interview. “I didn’t know that a duck could care for that many chicks.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/24/science/merganser-ducklings-photo.html

 

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