Once, Fred raised a small squirrel that was picked up by his owner on the road. The squirrel lived in the castle kitchen for half a year before being released back into the forest. And now, at the age of ten, Fred has become a father to a group of ducklings.
A duck had built a nest not far from the castle, and the ducklings hatched from the eggs. However, a treacherous fox tracked down the mother and dragged her away for breakfast. People were worried about the fate of the ducklings since it is almost impossible for them to survive without a parent. But Fred had already decided to take care of them. He gathered the babies and led them along.
Since then, Daddy Fred has not left the nine ducklings’ side. He rolls them on himself, warms them at night, and even smoothes their feathers with his tongue. And recently, he has been teaching them how to swim. Near the castle, there is a moat, where it is very convenient to dive and cool off on a hot day. The smart dog seems to understand that the ducklings cannot live without water, and therefore takes them to “swimming lessons” every day.