Just like a human mama, a mother hen will do everything in her power to take care of her babies. An iconic symbol of motherly love, a mummy hen will care for her infant chicks; fussing over them getting proper food and constantly keeping one beady eye out for strangers.
The mother hen was spotted in Visakhapatnam, India. It was an extremely rainy day, and the hen was wandering around the fish market as she searched for scraps. Luckily, someone happened to take this viral video as the hen walked by. If you look at her face, the hen looks like any other chicken. It is only when you look underneath her body that you notice something unbelievably unusual. The protective mama is getting drenched with rain while her babies stay safe, dry, and warm.
In the video, the hen stretches out her wings to keep raindrops from falling down on her precious chicks. The little babies are not pleased with the weather, so they are huddled under her protective wings.
As she takes a step forward, the chicks stumble along and try to keep up with her pace. If you just glance at the image, it looks like the mother hen has 10 or more legs moving beneath her body. While they move too much to accurately count, it looks like the mother hen has at least five chicks underneath her wings.
“She isn’t so much trying to keep them dry (if you look closely they’re already saturated) as she is trying to keep them warm,” wrote user PurplePickel. “If they lose too much body heat they’ll die which is why they’re not making a run for shelter.”
This adorable clip has already gone viral online. As you can see in the video, the mother hen is a better parent than most people. Like human children, it does not seem like the young chicks realize the sacrifice that their mom is making for them.
Whether these babies were actually at risk of getting too cold or if it was actually a hot summer rain, the fact remains that this mama knew just what to do when those raindrops started falling: gather her babies close to protect them!