If there was ever a way to inject directly into my veins the sensation of discovering new sets of Unlikely Animal Friends, I would more than likely be dead by now of an overdose of whatever that substance is. Undeniably, the effect of two or more species of animal who should theoretically not get along getting along has a powerful effect on the human brain – it’s a simply transcendent delight to see the real world operating like a Disney movie.

Is it natural for a dog to adopt ducklings? My rudimentary understanding of the animal kingdom tells me ‘no’ and, yet, here I am, writing an article about exactly that.

According to the Facebook page of Mountfitchet Castle (a castle in the English county of Essex), a 10-year-old labrador named Fred adopted nine tiny and adorable ducklings after they were tragically orphaned last Thursday.

Fred, who belongs to Jeremy Goldsmith, one of the castle’s owners, apparently just started babysitting the ducklings after they were brought in from the cold by Goldsmith.

Somehow this looks even more adorable than it sounds:

Orphaned ducklings adopted by resident dog at Mountfitchet Castle

Nine lives for nine ducklingsFred the resident dog at the Castle stepped up to the challenge when nine little ducklings became orphaned last Thursday. The ducklings' mum had disappeared and a member of staff found them waddling around the castle grounds alone. The team were very worried about the ducklings but Fred, a 10 year old Labrador, immediately took to them and has been babysitting ever since.

Posted by Mountfitchet Castle on Monday, 21 May 2018

Turns out the world isn’t complete garbage sometimes (now that I’ve said this, there’s a decent chance it will come out next week that the dog is super racist).

Image: Mountfitchet Castle