This mama Mallard and 24 ducklings are waddling around the Hidden Valley Park / Valley Pond Townhouse Association neighborhood this week. According to the Wikipedia entry on the Mallard:
The clutch is 8–13 eggs, which are incubated for 27–28 days to hatching with 50–60 days to fledgling. The ducklings are precocial and fully capable of swimming as soon as they hatch.
So how did this lady end up with 24? Adoption?
(I’ve not done a fluff piece on ducks since 2007 so Bruce and Curt, shut up. And John George, that headline is for you.)