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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

This mama duck is leading her ducklings out of Thompson Health’s M.M. Ewing Continuing Care Center. This is an annual ritual for this smart mama.

Apparently, this mama nests in one of the continuing care center’s courtyards each year. She lays her eggs and hatches her babies in safety.

Once the time is right, she taps on the glass to let the staff know she’s ready to go.

The staff holds signs to make sure mama doesn’t get off track, and the even hold the door for the little family.

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

Posted by Thompson Health on Thursday, May 16, 2019

The facility’s patients even get in on the fun:

CNA Mollie Dey, left, and Wilma Gibson, center, joined Willard outside to see the ducks off.

Posted by Thompson Health on Thursday, May 16, 2019

The family doesn’t go far, though. They head for a wooded area near the facility.

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

Posted by Thompson Health on Thursday, May 16, 2019

It’s hard for the staff to say goodbye – because duh.

SO CUTE!