Rescued Duckling Raised by Couple Returns to Their Home 6 Months Later–With 11 Chicks

This Family Just Grew in Size by 11 Chicks

The story began when Phil Garner found a one-day-old duckling abandoned on a fishing lake. Phil knew that the duckling would not survive on her own so he brought her home to his wife Julia, keeping her snuggled in his coat pocket. Determined to give her a chance at life, the couple decided to raise her as their own, despite the challenges that lay ahead.

A Houseguest to Remember

Freda, the tiny duckling, quickly became an integral part of the Garner household. They provided her with a safe and nurturing environment and even created a pond for her to swim in, alongside their pet goldfish. As the days passed, a deep bond formed between Freda and her caring rescuers. She became an affectionate companion, often perching on Phil’s shoulder or joining him at his work desk.

An Unexpected Reunion

Freda eventually left the Garners’ home in October. Although her departure brought mixed emotions, the couple hoped she would find her place in the wild. However, fate had a different plan in store for them. In April, Freda surprised them by returning to their doorstep, accompanied by a partner and a remarkable brood of 11 ducklings!

From Chaos to Joy

From Chaos to Joy

Adapting to the newfound chaos, the couple embraced their roles as foster parents to this feathery family. The ducklings quickly settled into their garden and turned out to be surprisingly quiet, only making chirping sounds when they were hungry or when their mother temporarily disappeared. The couple anticipates that Freda will eventually fly away, with her ducklings following suit and finding their own path (Freda probably just came back to let her children meet their grandparents, Phil and Julia). However, if they choose to stay, Phil has identified a suitable nearby fishing pond. The world is a better place when we open our hearts and extend a helping hand to those in need!