Mother Duck 76 Ducklings

Photo credit: Brent Cizek

It may look Photoshopped at first, but wildlife photographer Brent Cizek was at Lake Bemidji when he just so happened to stumble upon a mother duck, nicknamed “Momma Merganser”, leading a brood of 76 ducklings. Apparently, a merganser could only have laid about 15 of the ducklings herself, making the rest orphans that she adopted. Continue reading for more photos and information.

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“When Cizek revisited the lake to look for the mama duck (which he dubbed ‘Momma Merganser’) in July, his second sighting revealed that she had grown her adopted brood to 76 or more,” according to Peta Pixel.