(FARM ANIMALS) UNITED KINGDOM — Sometimes our children don’t look exactly like us, but it’s not often they are a completely different species. Farm owners, as well as Hilda the hen, were shocked when Hilda’s eggs hatched not into chicks, but into five sweet little ducklings. Hilda took it in stride, though, and so far they are one big happy family. Read more about Hilda the adoptive hen. — Global Animal
Hilda the Hen didn't seem to mind that she'd been sitting on the wrong eggs. Photo Credit: BNPS

Today.com, Lisa Grenshaw

After sitting on a nest of eggs for a month, Hilda the hen got one wing-raising surprise. Instead of five cute chicks, the eggs hatched to reveal five fluffy ducklings! Despite the shock, Hilda was immediately in mommy mode, adopting the ducklings and treating them as her own.

“It was so surprising but lovely and she has proved to be very capable at raising them,” Philip Palmer, owner of the English farm where Hilda lives, told The Daily Mail. “Hilda doesn’t seem bothered at all — the ducklings follow her around just as chicks would.”

Palmer said the ducklings stay close to their “mom” and aren’t aware she’s any different from them. She isn’t quite aware the ducklings aren’t her own either.

“It is very sweet to see. The only way they will really notice the difference is when the ducks start swimming in the pond,” Palmer said.

Take a look at more adorable photos of hen mother and her ducklings below!

Hilda immediately adopted the Indian runner ducklings when they emerged from their eggs. Photo Credit: BNPS
Philip Palmer, owner of the farm where Hilda and her ducklings reside, was none the wiser that his hen had sat on the wrong nest of eggs! Photo Credit: BNPS
"The ducklings don't leave her side and if they get scared they run for cover under their 'mum'," Palmer told The Daily Mail. Photo Credit: BNPS


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