London: A 50-year-old man in Britain has become a surrogate mother to eight ducklings after watching them hatch. The birds now think he is their mother and follow him everywhere.
They are kept in a pen during the day but do get to stretch their legs when they accompany Ponce Risco on his daily walk.
Risco said “They think I’m their mother I think, as long as they can see me they are fine but if I go out of sight they start making a noise and panic and huddle together.”
He added: “I didn’t ask for this, I was just trying to help. “We were here with the eggs and they take an imprint of the first thing they see.”