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    Default The tired little duckling that jumped on mum's back for a ride across the river

    Like any youngster, this duckling wasn't afraid to pester his mother when he got too tired.



    And luckily for him, she was on hand to give him a lift back to the nest.

    The goosander chick, who is only two or three weeks old, gingerly hopped on her back and sat there, secure and contented, for the arduous paddle upstream.
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    The young goosander was tired of swimming so it decided to hop on to its mother's back


    His brothers and sisters, clearly impressed with the idea of a parental taxi service, later followed suit.

    The amazing pictures were captured by photographer Nick Leslie on the River Dart in Devon.
    He said: "When I came across the birds I tried to capture them on camera, but the light was not good and the goosanders were soon gone.

    "I followed them up river for a mile. It was great to see the chicks putting on spurts of speed and then being taken back by the current.
    "When they got tired, they all climbed on the back of their mother." Scroll down for more...
    The duckling works hard to keep up with its mother in the water


    The dappled chick and his distinctively plumed mother are members of one of Britain's largest duck species.


    Female goosanders have a tuft of feathers at the back of their heads, and the males have striking green, black and white plumage.

    The breed, which feeds on fish, was brought into the country in 1871.
    Goosanders can now be found in lakes and reservoirs from Scotland to the south of England.

    The goosander decides to save some energy and climbs on its mother's back


    Pictured: The tired little duckling that jumped on mum's back for a ride across the river | the Daily Mail

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    i love baby ducks. how cute is this picture!?
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    Oh how precious!!

    I love ducks, used to have one as a kid. I'd put her in a basket and take her for bike rides.

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    Such cuteness!
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    Oh wow the mother is Wanda Sykes!

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    Oh my God it's all I see now. It's Wanda freakin' Sykes!

    "I'm carryin' this thing on ma back like a foo'. Who does he think I am, a tram? I don't go rollin' down hills shooting electriss-it-tee from my wires. I mean what if I wanted to put somethin' on there? Like a soda. Or a scented candle. And who knows what kinda mess he left fo' me back dhere. Kids these days are like black comedians. Now where's my nestin' shrub. Gotta bout a dozen more of dhese things to go home to, prolly wanna ride on my tail next. Takin' turns like I'm a ferris wheel..."

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    OMG, you all are hilarious! Pepsi almost came out of my nose.

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    LOL I don't remember writing that. I nearly splurted vanilla coke from my nasal cavity if I can toot my own horn for a moment.

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    This is an old article but o well, those ducklings are too cute to ignore

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