A dog in Essex has 'adopted' nine little ducklings after their mother disappeared.
The baby birds were found wandering around lost and alone by a member of staff at Mountfitchet Castle near Stansted Airport.
However, the castle's resident 10-year-old labrador Fred took them under his paw and has been babysitting them ever since.
The ducklings regularly hitch a ride on his back, and even "follow him into the water for a swim in the castle moat", staff said.
A spokesperson said the team at the castle were "very worried" when they first realised that the ducklings' mother had gone:
"The team were very worried about the ducklings but Fred, a 10-year-old labrador, immediately took to them.
"The ducklings absolutely adore him and he has now resigned himself to being a stay-at-home dad looking after the nine baby ducklings."