10-year-old Labrador becomes the guardian of 9 baby ducklings

June 14, 2018 6:40 pm Last Updated: June 14, 2018 6:40 pm

You never want to see little ones separated from their parents. But when it happens, it’s always everyone’s greatest hope that the younglings will find a responsible adult to show them the path to a productive life.

A member of the staff at Mountfitchet Castle in Essex, UK, recently found a group of ducklings waddling around on the grounds.

Staff at Mountfitchet Castle noticed a group of nine ducklings without their mother.

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The ducklings were discovered on May 17, and staff members worried about their future without their mother to fend for them.

“We knew the mother duck was nesting and then suddenly these ducklings appeared but she was nowhere to be seen,” Jeremy Goldsmith, director of Mountfitchet Castle, said, according to the Metro.

And while birds of a feather normally flock together, anyone has the potential to be a loving, nurturing parent. Sometimes all that is required is the chance to prove it.

Fred, Goldsmith’s 10-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever, finally got his. The senior pup was happy to become the ducklings’ new adoptive father.

Fred the yellow Labrador Retriever has been taking care of the ducklings.

Fred handles the ducklings with care, allowing them to climb on top of him and follow him around the castle grounds. Occasionally, he lets them all ride around on his back.

“Fred has got an absolutely wonderful nature. They absolutely love him,” Goldsmith said.

The brood of ducklings and the Labrador have become inseparable on the grounds of the popular tourist attraction, and those who see the unconventional family can’t help but fawn over them.

“They are getting very mischievous even hitching a ride on his back and following him into the water for a swim in the castle moat,” a spokesperson said, according to the BBC.

Fred and his family instantly became Internet celebrities.

The unlikely family hasn’t only been entertaining visitors at the Mountfitchet Castle. Images of Fred’s superb parenting have people on the Internet swooning.

“This is Fred. He lives in an English castle with his nine fluffy children. Says being a single father is sometimes challenging, but always worth it. 13/10 for all,” said the popular dogcentric Twitter page WeRateDogs.

With his calm demeanor and patience, all signs suggest Fred will be an outstanding father. Fortunately, the castle grounds are replete with animals, and Fred will have the chance to raise his babies into adulthood.

“He has now resigned himself to being a stay-at-home dad looking after the nine baby ducklings,” Goldsmith said according to the BBC.