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VIDEO: Labrador ‘Adopts’ 9 Orphaned Ducklings

STANSTED, Essex, United Kingdom (CBS4) — When nine tiny ducklings were found waddling around the grounds of Mountfitchet Castle, with their mom nowhere in sight, staff members were concerned.
Luckily, a 10-year-old yellow Labrador named Fred also lives at the castle and was willing to step in as a sort of surrogate parent.

“Fred the resident dog at the Castle stepped up to the challenge when nine little ducklings became orphaned last Thursday,” officials said on Facebook .
Officials said Fred “immediately took to them and has been babysitting ever since.”
Photos posted online show the ducklings cuddled up around the dog, riding in a row along his back and even sitting on top of his head.


Dog 'adopts' nine orphaned ducklings at Essex castle https://t.co/7JQ7C87lHW pic.twitter.com/YPiPueBu4Y
— BBC Essex (@BBCEssex) May 21, 2018



Owner of dog says it's a pleasure to see his pet adopting orphaned ducklings at his north Essex home https://t.co/Gh133Vgn7J pic.twitter.com/6ZH1j3JurY
— BBC Essex (@BBCEssex) May 21, 2018

The BBC quoted castle owner Jeremy Goldsmith as saying that Fred has also looked after an injured squirrel in the past.