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Family - a story from my Mum

Had to send this picture of the maned duck family. The parents stole the chicks from other ducks, even though there was a few days difference in ages. It was hard to count them but I think 32 or 33.  I would see them  on the mothers back and they took turns under her like penguins do in their huddles. The dad doesn't cover them but stands guard and would even attack me if I got too close 

Love Mum xxx

My mum and dad have the joy and privilege to live in the south west, where the soil is black and rainfall plenty.  This picture was taken in their backyard.  They have a little dam that they look after so that the ducks come to breed and raise their young.  I am sure there is a story in this picture, one day I will write it.

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