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A labrador has adopted NINE baby ducks

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If you were having a bit of a down day today, we are here to rescue you with the world's cutest story. Perhaps you're actually having a pretty good day and this is just gonna top it off as the best day ever. Either which way, you are going to want to meet Fred - the 10 year old labrador who has just become a father to nine ducklings. 

The baby birds took up residence at a Castle in Essex after their mother disappeared. They quickly began to follow Fred, who seemed to take them under his wing.

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Castle owner Jeremy Goldsmith told the BBC that the labrador had previously taken care of an injured squirrel as well, stating "he's a typical labrador with a lovely nature."

He also says the ducklings are welcome to stay at the castle with Fred until they're old enough to leave.