Orphaned ducklings adopted by resident dog at Mountfitchet Castle

PUBLISHED: 12:06 21 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:39 21 May 2018

Fred and the ducklings at Mountfitchet Castle. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Fred and the ducklings at Mountfitchet Castle. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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Fred, the resident dog at Mountfitchet Castle in Stansted, stepped up to the challenge when nine little ducklings became orphaned last Thursday.

Fred and the ducklings at Mountfitchet Castle. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDFred and the ducklings at Mountfitchet Castle. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

The ducklings’ mother had disappeared and a member of staff found them waddling around the castle grounds alone.

Fred and the ducklings at Mountfitchet Castle. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDFred and the ducklings at Mountfitchet Castle. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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.

Fred and the ducklings at Mountfitchet Castle. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDFred and the ducklings at Mountfitchet Castle. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

A spokesman for the team at Mountfitchet Castle said: “The ducklings adore him and he has now resigned himself to being a stay-at-home dad looking after the nine baby ducklings.

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

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