Dog Adopts 6 Orphaned Ducks

Meet Fred, a 10-year-old Labrador Retriever who is the "resident dog" at  Mountfitchet Castle, a tourist attraction in England. The castle is  home to a number of rescued animals, but staff became concerned when  they saw nine ducklings waddling around alone "looking a little bit  lost" last week. 

Fortunately, Fred was there to help. "We brought the  ducklings into the house as they are too young to fend for themselves,  and Fred just took them under his paw--rather than his wing,"  owner  Jeremy Goldsmith tells BBC News. "They absolutely adore him and he has  now resigned himself to being a stay-at-home dad looking after the nine  baby ducklings." 

The castle staff says that the ducklings sleep in the  dog basket with Fred and follow him around, even hitching rides on his  back when he swims in the castle's moat. Goldsmith says he expects Fred  to continue babysitting for a few more weeks until the ducklings become  more independent. They will then be free to stay at the castle or leave.

Source:  BBC