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There’s cute. There’s really cute. And then there’s this.

Every year, mama follows the same path. Facility Services associates – one of whom said "She has us trained" – have old…

Posted by Thompson Health on Thursday, May 16, 2019

The caption reads:

“Every year, mama follows the same path. Facility Services associates – one of whom said “She has us trained” – have old signage to gently guide her and her babies in case they look like they’re about to get sidetracked. They head to the light from an open door at the end of the corridor.”

The pic was posted by Thompson Health. Apparently, this mama duck has chosen one of the courtyards at their M.M. Ewing Continuing Care Center as her annual nesting spot. She heads in, lays her eggs, and hatches and cares for her little ducklings in relative safety.

Of course, the new family can’t live there forever. When the time is right, the mama duck taps on the glass to let the staff know that it’s time to leave.

The staff lines the hallway to ensure the family finds their way out.

Assistant Nurse Manager Betsy Willard held the door for the mama and her 13 babies.

Posted by Thompson Health on Thursday, May 16, 2019

Then off they go to some nearby woods, where mama will continue to rear her little ones until they’re ready to leave the nest.

The family headed out into a large park-like area behind the facility.

Posted by Thompson Health on Thursday, May 16, 2019

The mother duck led 13 ducklings on her annual route. Apparently, it’s fairly common for ducks to nest in populated settings.

“There they go! Good luck, guys. We’ll miss you!” the hospital wrote about the family.

Indeed! Good luck!