Labrador Adopts And Raises Nine Ducklings After They Lost Their Mum
We've all seen unlikely tales of different animals putting aside their differences to become good mates. Whether it's cats and dogs, giraffes and ostriches or tigers and bears, it's always heart-warming to see different species come together.
But we're here to present to you possibly the best combination ever.
Mountfitchet Castle in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex has witnessed the pairing of a Labrador and nine ducklings. Fred, the 10-year-old dog, apparently 'adopted' the wee ducks after their mother disappeared without a trace.
Castle owner Jeremy Goldsmith told the BBC: "We brought the ducklings into the house as they are too young to fend for themselves, and Fred just took them under his paw - rather than his wing.
"He's got a lovely nature and has grown up around rescued animals."
According to the site, Fred has been the 'resident' animal for some time, however the castle is home to a bunch of different species, including goats, chickens, ducks and peacocks.
Fred has been seen wandering around the castle grounds with the ducklings on his back (which were most likely put there by someone - but who cares? It's ducks and a dog) and they do seem to be the best of mates.
Mr Goldsmith added to the Hertfordshire Mercury: "[The ducklings] climb all over him, getting up on his head and his back. When he goes swimming, like Labradors like to, all the ducks follow him in and have fun too."
It's just about as awesome as the friendship struck between this English Pointer and a baby.
Elizabeth Spence rescued the dog, called Nora, from her local dog shelter, where she found out the pooch had been abused earlier in life.
Elizabeth, from Canada, took Nora home but found that the dog struggled to fit in with her new family. That was until Elizabeth gave birth to little Archie and the pair struck up an unusual friendship.
In fact, according to Elizabeth, Archie is pretty much the only human Nora isn't afraid of.
The pair is often snapped napping side by side and enjoy playing together. They even occasionally let the family cats and their other pooch join in. Elizabeth has now decided to share the heart-warming photos with the world, via an Instagram account, which already has 130,000 followers.
Elizabeth, who has three children, reckons Nora gets on so well with Archie because he's so chilled.
We honestly don't deserve dogs - they're too good for us.
Featured Image Credit: Mountfitchet Castle/Facebook