Photo of Goslings Imprinting on a Woman Gets Reddit's Attention

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She is the chosen one! A precious photo of a group of goslings imprinting on a woman has gotten a lot of attention on Reddit.

Reddit user itsallcopacetic posted the heartwarming photo two days ago, and it has already more than 21,000 upvotes and over 1,000 comments.

Filial imprinting is mostly seen in newly hatched birds, like these baby geese. In the mid 19th-century, researcher Oskar Lorenz demonstrated how incubator-hatched geese would imprint on the first moving thing they saw within what he called a "critical period," a window of 13–16 hours after hatching.

According to itsallcopacetic, the woman in the photo was working with the goslings as part of scientific research. If that's true, then these are a dozen of the most adorable experiment subjects we've ever seen.

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Christa Eversman

I always wanted to try this when II was younger, now I'm very glad I didn't.

February 22 2013 at 4:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yes, and she will fly south with them...

February 22 2013 at 4:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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