Shall I be mother? Man, 50, becomes unlikely surrogate to eight ducklings after injured mum abandoned her eggs
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Shall I be mother? Man, 50, becomes unlikely surrogate to eight ducklings after injured mother abandoned her eggs | Mail Online
When Ponce Risco noticed a mother duck had abandoned her eggs he decided to take them under his wing.
But the Spanish guesthouse owner from Longton, Staffordshire, didn't quite bargain for the demands eight ducklings can bring.
After watching them hatch and keeping them incubated, the daffy birds now think Mr Risco 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 Mr Risco on his daily walk to Longton Brickcroft Nature Reserve.
Mr Risco, 50, 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 site 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.'
The babies' mother and father, named Shy and Handsome by Mr Risco, visit his garden every year.
But, in April he realised something was amiss when Shy abandoned her eggs. In a moment of panic Mr Risco, his wife Lisa, 44, and 15-year-old son Lewis, bought a second-hand incubator for the eggs.
They later found Shy injured in a neighbouring garden. And, while she recovered, the family decided to try their hand at looking after the eggs.
They bought a second incubator and soon the eggs began to hatch - leaving the family with eight ducklings.
Mr Risco is currently keeping the ducks inside at night time, in a part of the house that isn't finished yet and in the day time they are outside in a pen.
And, their real mother is still around. Mr Risco built a floating house for Shy on his pond and she sleeps there but tends to wander off during the day.
'Hopefully they will take off soon,' he added.
The family hasn't named the ducklings but they are able to tell a couple of them apart.
Mr Risco concluded: 'They are a bit of a pain but I would do it all over again.
'They have given us so much joy, they are fantastic.'