Ducklings in fine feather with their feline ‘mom’

2014-05-06 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Della the Irish cat has raised three kittens and three ducklings.

Farming couple Emma and Ronan Lally bought three fertilised duck eggs to raise on their farm, but the ducks had hardly hatched before Della abducted them to her box.

Ronan was initially worried that they would become lunch for the hungry mom but Della kept her paw protectively over the ducklings while her kittens suckled.

Emma said on YouTube when she saw with how much love Della took care of the ducklings, she convinced Ronan to leave the birds with the cat. The video shows the ducklings and kittens sleeping together and it even looks as if the ducklings are trying to suckle with the feline siblings.

Ducks cannot, however, suckle, although they can look for their own food from birth. With this ability, they quickly grew bigger than the kittens and started climbing out of the box to look for food.

At the start, Della kept carrying them back, but eventually she let them free.

The ducklings have now been imprinted with the cat and follow their “mom” and the kittens all over the farm.

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