Moms have a reputation for multitasking, usually with little fanfare. But a Canadian mother inadvertently summed up the chaos of motherhood in a video that went viral this week.
Caitlin Oakley, a mother of three on Vancouver Island, Canada, was nursing her young daughter when she was called to perform Monday night. She heard the family’s pet goose, Frankie, quack for help outside her and realized that an eagle had attacked, grabbing Frankie and dragging her out of the house.
Without wasting a moment, Oakley ran off wearing nothing but a pair of boxers and the baby nursing at his breast. “Hey Hey hey!” he yelled as he shooed the predator away.
The moment was captured on home surveillance video, which Okaley’s husband, Mike Lazic, later shared on TikTok. Since it was posted on Tuesday, the clip has amassed nearly 7 million views.
Lazic explained that the eagles had already taken three of his chickens last week, but Oakley wasn’t about to let them steal his beloved goose.
“Mama bear nursing protecting her sweet Frankie,” he captioned the video. “Officially living in a zoo.”
oakley said news week that Frankie was “absolutely a terrible member of our family”.
Internet viewers were delighted with Oakley’s simultaneous protection of her human and pet babies, calling her a “super mom”.
“Not all heroes wear capes… some [wear] a baby,” said one comment. “This was amazing.”
“I love your determination to protect and save!” applauded another spectator. “Great mom stuff there!”
In response to this praise, Oakley said, “I feel like moms multitask every day, this is just a sample of that – we’re always on the go.” [and] accept what comes our way.”
Oakley shares the most common challenges of motherhood on her Instagram. The reality of breastfeeding can be exhausting for all moms, even without a simultaneous goose rescue, as she shared in a post on April 13.
“I had a conversation with my girlfriend this morning about how hard it is and how no one prepares you for it. [or] talk about it,” she told her audience, listing the obstacles of “leaky breasts,” “sore, cracked nipples,” and an “endless cluster sensation.”
Breast milk has become a prized commodity in the United States, where shortages of baby formula across the country have sent mothers into a panic.
The shortage that began amid COVID-19 supply chain disruptions was exacerbated by the recall of a formula plant in February, forcing desperate parents to turn to human milk banks. Forty-three percent of formula products were out of stock in US stores in the first week of May, according to an analysis by Datasembly.