Ronan and Emma Lally run a small farm in Ireland. On the day their ducklings hatched, the couple went to check on them but could not find them anywhere. When they spotted their cat with a duckling in her mouth, they feared the worst.
But they were completely surprised to discover that, rather than harming them, their cat had adopted the three ducklings into her own litter of kittens.
“The minute the cat lay down the three ducklings ran underneath her; she started to purr,” Ronan told the Irish Independent. “We lifted her up and two ducklings were latched onto the cat. The cat has all the maternal instinct, she has her paw around them and it is just extraordinary.”
Ronan said he initially planned to place the ducklings under an infrared light but will allow the ducklings to be warmed and mothered by the cat. He plans to keep a close watch on the ducklings as they grow, for their safety. “The cat might notice when the yellow kittens get very big,” he laughed.
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