“76 little ducks went out one day.
Over the hills and far away.
When the momma duck said, ‘quack, quack, quack, quack!’
75 little ducks came running back.”
That was one of my favorite songs to sing as a small child, but I never started the song with 76 ducklings. It was usually closer to five or six little ducks running out into the world.
Did you see the article posted in the New York Times, 1 Hen, 76 Ducklings: What’s the Deal With This Picture? A photographer happened to witness one mother duck with 76 little ducklings swimming behind her upstream, and I’m so grateful he had his camera ready.
Apparently, some species of birds will pass on their offspring to one experienced mother to ‘babysit’ the little ones, but no one has ever seen a mother duck caring for 76 ducklings. Some have seen mothers watching anywhere between 30-50 babies, which seems like a difficult job at that number. Can you imagine caring for 76 babies?! I mean, even as a human, caring for 76 ducklings sounds intimidating.
Check out the full article if you want to fill your heart up with some warm-fuzzies. What an inspiration that mother duck is for us all <3