Smart Living A dog adopted 9 ducklings after their mom disappeared, and it's impossibly cute

16:26  22 may  2018
16:26  22 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

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A dog has " adopted " nine ducklings after their mother disappeared . Fred, a 10-year-old labrador has become "dad" to the baby birds at Mountfitchet Castle, a tourist attraction near Stansted Airport in Essex.

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A dog has adopted nine ducklings he found wandering by themselves, and it's adorable.

Fred, a 10-year-old labrador, has been caring for the chicks at Mountfitchet Castle in Essex, England, since their mom disappeared last week.

Pictures taken by the manager at the castle, a local tourist attraction, show the ducklings nestling under Fred and riding around on his back. Fred lives at the castle as its "resident dog."

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A video published by local reporters also shows the unlikely family having fun together:

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Staff at the castle shared Fred's story in a Facebook post on Monday, which has since gone viral.

They explained: "The ducklings' mum had disappeared and a member of staff found them waddling around the castle grounds alone.

"The team were very worried about the ducklings but Fred, a 10 year old Labrador, immediately took to them and has been babysitting ever since."

According to the BBC, the ducklings sleep in Fred's dog basket, and have been for a swim with him in the castle moat.


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