ESSEX, England (NBC News) — A 10-year-old Labrador retriever named Fred who lives in Mountfichet Castle “adopted” nine ducklings.
When nine tiny ducklings were found waddling around the grounds of Mountfitchet castle, with their mom nowhere in sight, staff members were concerned.
Luckily, Fred the yellow lab who also lives at the castle, stepped in to be a surrogate parent, officials said.
Officials said Fred immediately tended to them and has been babysitting them ever since.
Video shows the ducklings cuddled up around the dog and riding in a row along his back.
It was reported that Fred has also looked after an injured squirrel in the past.