Love quack-tually – Mother spotted with her massive flock of adoring children

What an adorable sight! This mother duck has been caught shepherding her flock of new-borns across the water by letting them cling to her back.

The mum, who was laden with 16 ducklings, was seen in Queen’s Park Heywood lands, escorting her young away while some nearby swans chased away the other ducks.

The 16 ducklings riding on their mothers back

The 16 ducklings riding on their mothers back

Those that didn’t manage to hitch a ride on their mothers back however were right behind in her slipstream attempting to keep up with her.

The image was captured by Mark Chrimes, 49, from Rochdale, lancs.

The 16 ducklings riding on their mothers back

The 16 ducklings riding on their mothers back

Mark said: “When I started counting how many ducklings were riding along on their mums back I couldn’t believe how high it was.

“At the time, I had been watching the swans chasing away several other ducks on the water, before I spotted this particular duck.

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“Usually, with the ducks, as soon as you lift up your camera to take a photo they move right away, so it was great to be able to get a shot on the pond this time.”