There’s nothing like a parade to lift your spirits and at one New York hospital, a duck parade is bringing much-needed smiles to patients.

Every year patients at the University of Rochester Thompson Health hospital get to watch one of the cutest parades they’ll ever see: a mother duck followed by her trail of babies making their way through the continuing care wing each Spring!

“Every year, without fail, a mama duck chooses one of the enclosed courtyards at our M.M. Ewing Continuing Care Center to lay her eggs and take care of her babies,” staff wrote on the hospital’s Facebook page. “She lets us know when she’s ready to go by tapping on the glass, and this morning, it was time for this annual rite of spring.”

The ducks follow the same path every year, making their way through the hospital’s hallways, out the door and into a grass outside. This year 13 little ducklings prompted countless smiles thanks to the adorable parade.

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—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: Magda Ehlers via Pixabay

 

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