Thursday, February 27, 2020

A dog named Fred

A dog named Fred, who lives in Essex, England, catapulted to internet fame two years ago this May, when the 10-year-old Labrador decided to adopt nine little ducklings. Fred looked after his chicks at Mountfitchet Castle, a tourist attraction near the town. When the ducklings were discovered on the castle grounds, their mother was nowhere in sight. But then Fred took them in as if they were his own.

The nine ducklings love to ride on Fred's back and cuddle up to him when he sleeps in the dog basket at night. Knowing ducklings need to swim, he takes them to the castle moat for a dip, and swims himself! "He's got a lovely nature and grew up among rescued animals," said Fred's owner, Jeremy Goldsmith. So it was a natural step for Fred to take the orphan ducklings "under his wing, or paw."

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