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  • 23 April 2013, 14:16

Mallard duck's monster brood

Monster brood /Rex

This mallard duck could be in line for a place in the record books after producing a monster brood of 24 ducklings at a West Sussex wildlife reserve.

The doting mum laid her eggs at the beginning of March in sub-zero temperatures at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in Arundel and against all the odds she managed to hatch them all.

Now the harried parent certainly has a lot on her hands as she struggles to juggle her huge brood and keep an eye on them all when they go for a swim.

Fitting all of her offspring under her wing for a snuggle is also something of a problem, with one forced to sit on her back instead!