Moms have a reputation for multitasking, usually with little fanfare. But one Canadian mother inadvertently encapsulated the chaos of motherhood in a video that went viral this week.
Caitlin Oakley, a mother of three in Vancouver Island, Canada, was breastfeeding her infant daughter when she was called to action Monday night. She heard the family’s pet goose Frankie squawking for help outside and realized an eagle had attacked, grabbing Frankie and dragging her away from the house.
Without wasting a moment, Oakley ran outside wearing nothing but a pair of boxers and the baby feeding on her breast. “Hey! Hey! Hey!” she yelled as she chased 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 Tuesday, the clip has racked up nearly 7 million views.
Lazic explained that eagles had already taken three of their chickens in the past week, but Oakley was not going to let them steal her beloved goose.
“Mama bear mid breastfeeding protecting her sweet Frankie,” he captioned the video. “Officially living at a zoo.”
Oakley told Newsweek that Frankie was “absolutely a dire member of our family.”
Internet viewers were thrilled by Oakley’s simultaneous protection of her human and pet babies, calling her a “super mom.”
“Not all heroes wear capes…some [wear] a baby,” one comment said. “This was awesome.”
“I love your determination to protect and save!” applauded another viewer. “Great mommy material there!”
In response to this praise, Oakley said, “I feel like mothers multitask every day, this is just a token to that—we’re always on the go [and] taking on whatever comes our way.”
Oakley shares the most ordinary challenges of motherhood on her Instagram. The reality of breastfeeding can be taxing 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] talks about it,” she told her audience, listing the hurdles of “leaky boobs,” “sore cracked nipples” and an “endless cluster feeling.”
Breast milk has become a precious commodity in the United States, where a nationwide baby formula shortage has sent moms into a panic.
The shortage that began amid COVID-19 supply chain disruptions was exacerbated by a formula plant recall in February, forcing desperate parents to turn toward human milk banks. Forty-three percent of formula products were out of stock at US stores in the first week of May, according to a Datasembly analysis.