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Photo: Baby on board! Tiny loon rides on mom's back

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Who wouldn't want to hitch a ride on the best-feathered boat in the lake?

Cutest thing of the day? We've got it right here: A baby loon riding on its mother's back. Just stop! This is a thing that actually happens – though likely rarely photographed as nicely as this, thanks to photographer Tony LePrieur. Most sources suggest this behavior has to do with keeping the chick warm; though it probably serves as a way to reduce predation as well. Whatever the case may be, it's undeniably sweet.

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