London, May 26 (IANS) 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 Spanish guesthouse owner Ponce Risco on his daily walk to Longton Brickcroft Nature Reserve, Daily Mail reported Saturday.
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.