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Duck brings her newborn ducklings to see nursing home residents each spring

A mother duck makes her annual pilgrimage through the MM Ewing Continuing Care Center in upstate New York, followed by this year's brood of 13 ducklings

A mother duck makes her annual pilgrimage through the MM Ewing Continuing Care Center in upstate New York, followed by this year’s brood of 13 ducklings (Pictures: MM Ewing Continuing Care Center)

A reliable mother duck brings her newly-hatched ducklings to visit the residents of a nursing home each spring without fail.

The duck lays her eggs in the safety of the courtyard at the MM Ewing Continuing Care Center in Canandaigua, upstate New York every year.

After they hatch, the protective bird cares for her babies until they are old enough to walk – then marches them through the inside of the center to a park on the other side.

She will even tap her bill on the glass to alert staff to her presence, so they let her through, with workers holding old signs to help guide the adorable family through the corridors.

Staff decided to share this year’s visit on Facebook, complete with adorable photos of the 13 baby ducklings.

The duck lays her eggs and cares for her hatchlings in a safe courtyard at the center, before walking through its main building to get to a park on the other side

The duck lays her eggs and cares for her hatchlings in a safe courtyard at the center, before walking through its main building to get to a park on the other side (Picture: MM Ewing Continuing Care Center)

Resident Wilma Gibson is pictured with two staff members waving the ducks off

Resident Wilma Gibson is pictured with two staff members waving the ducks off. The annual arrival of the duck and her offspring provides a huge boost to the center’s residents (Picture: MM Ewing Continuing Care Center)

They wrote: ‘Every year, mama follows the same path.

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