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Back-to-school season is approaching. For some it’s already here. Teachers are preparing for a lesson-filled year, while many parents are anticipating a break from having their kids at home 24/7.

Moms with several young children under a certain age are heroes in my book. It’s enough for me to handle one child in diapers at a time.

Yet I’ve seen mothers juggle multiple little ones at once. With a car seat under one arm and a pair of screaming toddlers on the other, these moms put superheroes to shame.

Imagine those numbers doubled, tripled, and even quadrupled. Imagine a mom with dozens of babies under her wings.

Impossible, you’d say? Perhaps if we’re sticking strictly to human terms it would be. Even certain animals wouldn’t be up to such a task.

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Which is why the Mama Merganser spotted on Lake Bemidji in Minnesota this summer is truly fascinating.

Brent Cizek took his small plastic boat out in June for a day on the water. An amateur wildlife photographer, Cizek packed lightly, only carrying one lens with him that day.

He’d hoped to capture some photos of local wildlife, of course. But Cizek had no idea he would find something that would cause his photos to invite so much attention.

You have to see Cizek’s photos to believe what he found — a Common Merganser with no less than 50 ducklings in tow.


According to Audubon.org, it’s quite common for ducks to have their own “daycare” of sorts. Mother ducks are known to not only care for ducklings that aren’t their own, but they tend to lay eggs in multiple nests as well.

“One possibility would be, in a sense, not putting all their eggs in one basket,” Kenn Kaufman, a field editor for “Audubon,” said.


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Cizek was enthralled with the Merganser and the dozens of ducklings in her care. Her started snapping photo after photo, hoping he’d happen to capture the perfect one.

“I probably shot 50 pictures,” Cizek shared. “And I was just praying that one was going to turn out sharp because the waves were so strong it was nearly impossible to even keep them in the frame.”

Lucky for us, Cizek’s photos of the mama and her flock turned out swimmingly. What an amazing mom! Look at all those mouths she has to feed!

Cizek is grateful for the love and attention his photos have received. He encourages his followers to make a donation to the Audubon Society.

The Audubon Society raises funds to protect birds and conserve their natural environments. They fund programs that work to create healthy habitats for birds both in the city and in the wild.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
Location
Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Entertainment, Faith




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