(DOGS/CUTE ANIMAL VIDEOS) When nine ducklings were left without a mother, this kindhearted Labrador named Fred stepped up to the plate. The 10-year-old dog began caring for the abandoned ducks after staff at Mountfitchet Castle in Essex discovered them wandering around the grounds all alone. Fred belongs to one of the tourist spot’s owners and is taking his new role as a father figure very seriously. Take a look at this heartwarming video of the new family. The ducklings appear to be quite content, often sitting at his feet and dutifully following him around the grounds. — Global Animal