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This Dog Has Adopted 9 Orphan Ducklings And TBH It's Just Too Cute

A very good boy.

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Meet Fred, the resident 10-year-old Labrador at Mountfitchet Castle in Essex.

Instagram: @mountfitchetcastle

Just look at them.

LOOK AT THEM.

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In a statement, the castle staff said: "The ducklings absolutely 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 into the water for a swim in the castle moat."

Fred's owner told the BBC he expected Fred to babysit them for a few more weeks, at which point they can leave the castle if they want.

There are a bunch of other animals – many of them rescued – at the castle, which looks like an excellent place for a day out. Also, once you've seen the castle, you could go for a drink round the corner at...the Dog and Duck.

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Alan White is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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