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Sibling Rivalry

Down along the canal there are five limpkin youngin’s in their awkward years. Any two or three of them at any given moment might break into a squabble.

3 limpkins squabbling

The Struggle to Survive

Even though the competition is fierce, most of the chicks have become adept at finding & cracking open shells for food.limpkin with shell

limpkin with shelllimpkin with shelllimpkin with shelllimpkin with shell

Mama’s Boy

The smallest, however, still hides under Mama’s skirt…

limpkin chick with mother…and expects her to feed him!

limpkin chick with motherlimpkin chick with motherlimpkin chick with motherBut enough is enough! This time, when the little brat stole her tasty morsel yet once again, you can clearly see her exasperation.limpkin chick with motherlimpkin chick with mother

:) So she took her next treat & swam away :)

limpkin chick with mother in water