We love seeing a gaggle of fluffy little baby goslings following behind their mum on the water.
But we think it might be a bit much to see any more than five at once – cuteness overload.
However this is exactly what one man from Saskatoon in Canada saw when he visited a pretty spot along the Saskatchewan riverbank.
The first time Mike Digout saw the goose, she had around 16 babies with her. He snapped a photo and a few days later returned to see if he could find the family once again.
Next time he saw the birds, much too his shock, the mum had not 16 babies trailing behind her – but a total of 47.
Mike concluded that the broody mum must have been looking after other birds’ babies.
Speaking to The Dodo, he said: “I was stunned that this mom had 16 babies, so I started going back every night looking for this mom and her goslings and every day it seemed like she had a bigger group.”
This phenomenon is known as a gang brood and is common in areas where there are lots of nests.
One particularly patient mother tends to look after another’s babies, essentially giving the other bird a day/night off.
It was very clear to Mike that this is what was happening here.
He added: “It was incredible how calm she was with so many goslings around. She seems like such a patient mom.”
Not sure we could ever handle that many kids at once though, well done mother goose!
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