Phil Garner from West Yorkshire, UK, found and rescued an abandoned baby duckling and brought it home with his wife, Julia Garner. The couple took care of him and raised him until the day he was released, however Six months later, the little animal returned, but he was not alone: came with eleven other ducks.
According to what was published by the British Daily Mail, the former freight train driver said that the bird, which they called Frida, was living in his house so that he could gain strength and return home. The couple recounted that they took turns sleeping next to the bird’s bed until, finally, and indeed Old enough the bird flew out of the nest last October.
But they were surprised when she said He showed up again at his front door in April with his “boyfriend” duck., who was nicknamed Fred. The couple left the duckling again and months later, they saw her walk in with it Newborn ducklingswho has now settled back into his garden.
Phil said: Going from 1 duck to 11 was a mess. They are now small, but they need to swim, they need to be washed. So we have bathtubs everywhere. The garden looks like the home of a superhero duck.”
“It was kind of sad when I first left Frida, but at the same time it was great to see her grow up. But in the back of my mind, I hoped you would come back because they told us you were silently for life,” he said.
Julia said her husband of 16 years was undergoing horrific treatment for bladder cancer when he first met Frida, and has since been seen as a guardian angel. “At first I wasn’t very interested in turning my home into a duck sanctuary, however We all adapt.”
He stressed, “That year, Phil had three operations for cancer and 15 follow-ups. It was a difficult time for him and Frida somehow helped him through that. So she was like a guardian angel to him.”
Phil said he had been fishing with his son near their home in Allerton Bywater, near Leeds when his little leg was lunged at them. They tried for hours to find his parents before bringing him home after the Director of Fisheries said so It will die if left in the wild.
“It was very cold that day and there was no sign of the mother. So we brought her home and thought,” said Phil.
Phil nursed the bird back to full strength In the warm comfort of home with Julia’s help, letting Freda roam the living room, kitchen and garden. They also let him swim in a fiberglass pool they bought for goldfish, and it wasn’t long before he teamed up with the lifeguards. The man recounted: “Frida was sitting on my shoulder and at my table while I was doing my work on the computer. She was very loving.”
Phil said so Frida suddenly left her home in the fall of last year. After spending a few weeks “shouting” at other ducks, he was overheard at a nearby lake. The couple thought that was the last time they saw her until she walked in her garden again on April 3 of this year with her ‘boyfriend’ Fred.
Phil said the birds spent a few months together before Frida suddenly disappeared, leaving her partner “desperate” to fly without her. But he came out of a neighbor’s lavender bush two days later with it Lots of little ducklings now live in the garden From Phil and Julia.
“We looked out the front window one morning and saw the ducklings running toward us. They’ve been here ever since. We left them in the fish pond in the front yard, but dug a separate pond in the back so they could be more comfortable.”
Phil hopes the ducks will stay with them for a few more months, but he is willing to move them to a nearby pond if they do not return to the wild. He added, “We expect her to fly up and go back to where she was before, and the ducklings will follow and do whatever they want.”