Animals adopting the infants of other species has been happening for millennia. But it’s an amazing thing to see, especially when the animal has no maternal instinct to stir their actions.
Some may remember the story from last year about a kind Labrador that decided to serve as a foster parent to a group of ducklings is now back touching our hearts with six new baby ducks to look after.
Fred is an 11-year-old pooch and the resident pet at Mountfitchet Castle near Stansted, Essex, where staff enjoy seeing him in action as a bit of a father figure to the birds.
The new duckling group had been left by their Muscovy duck mother after she wandered off with six of their siblings.