One of my favorite neighbors has four little girls that are close in age. When they were little, they followed her around the yard like baby ducks following their mother. I still call them the Little Ducks. I was surprised to learn that there was more to babies following their mothers than I thought.
The phenomenon of following the mother is called “imprinting,” a specialized learning experience that plays an important part in the survival of young ducklings and other birds.
There is more to imprinting than I thought.