The saying goes, “the more the merrier,” and this patient mother goose and her partner appear to have taken this to heart; the loving Canada goose was recently spotted by Mike Digout, who was surprised to discover that she was caring for a whopping 47 little goslings.Digout, who lives in Saskatoon, Canada, was sitting by the Saskatchewan riverbank when he first noticed the family of geese.Digout was actually looking to photograph beavers, but the unusual family piqued his interest.
Digout noticed a goose caring for 16 goslings, and he was impressed by the large number of dependents.He was soon to be far more impressed, however.
Digout began returning to the river each night to look for the unusual family after becoming fascinated by the mother goose and her babies.And each time he saw the mother goose, her brood seemed to grow.
The number of goslings had increased from an impressive 16 to a mind-boggling 47 one night, and the line of little goslings trailing the mother goose was a spectacular sight.
Digout photographed the scene and shared a photo of the supermom and her children on Facebook.”There’s a long line of goslings here.”It just keeps going and going…”Digout stated in his blog post.
The mother goose has so many goslings because of a phenomenon known as “gang brooding.”When two or more pairs of geese parents decide to combine their families and raise their goslings collectively, this is referred to as gang brooding.
This means that the goose mother is effectively babysitting a large number of goslings while their parents rest.She must be known as quite the caretaker, given how quickly her brood grew; she’s both a super mom and a supernanny!
Digout continued to observe the large family and took numerous adorable photographs of their lives together.The goslings loved snuggling up under the mother goose, and when they outgrew her, they simply slept together in a big, adorable, snuggly pile.