A group of 15 orphaned ducklings have an unlikely new foster dad - in a golden Labrador called Fred.
These ducklings were left
orphaned after their mother mysteriously disappeared from the castle's grounds
overnight. After the mother duck didn't return, Fred decided to take over the
role of parent by keeping an eye on the baby birds, taking the ducklings for
rides on his back, and cuddling with the little animals.
Fred may not look the part, but he is a practiced duck parent. Several times, the dog has taken an orphaned group of ducklings under his furry wing. In 2018, Fred, acted as a surrogate parent to nine orphaned ducklings. A year later, Fred looked after another group of ducklings left without parents.
Ever since Fred has made sure to look after his new similarly coloured foster children, even carrying them around on his back.
Fred’s owner Jeremy
Goldsmith says he’s not surprised that Fred found a new family.
He explained: 'Over the
15 years of owning him Fred has spent a lot of time at the Castle with the
animals and it has become second nature to him being amongst the various
The ducklings are
expected to remain with Fred at the castle until they’re old enough to survive
on their own.