Fred, a 10-year-old Labrador Retriever has become “dad” (and “mom”) to nine ducklings at Mountfitchet Castle, in Essex, UK.
The ducklings were spotted waddling alone and the mother was nowhere to be found, but “Fred… immediately took to them and has been babysitting ever since.”
Staff of the castle said: “They have even followed him into the castle moat for a swim”
It seems like Fred has really been keeping a close eye on them.
The ducklings even sleep in the dog basket with Fred and follow him around as though he was their mother.
Fred’s babysitting services will last another few weeks, after which the ducklings will be free to stay at the castle or leave.