A unique relationship has formed between a man and a duckling at a house in Wansford.
The four-week-old duckling, named Pumpkin, thinks 51-year-old Ian Lamble is his mum and follows him everywhere.
It all started when Ian and his work colleagues at Bradshaws mill came across an abandoned egg – which was about to hatch.
When Pumpkin popped out the first thing he saw was Ian.
“The mother had ten eggs but she left one of them behind,” says Ian.
“The sad thing is that she’s not a very good mother and all her other duckling have now died because she hasn’t protected them from the cold weather. So Pumpkin may have been the only one left behind but he’s the only one alive now.”
Ian and his wide Annette now live with Pumpkin at their home on Nafferton Road, Wansford, where Ian has made a special pen. And one of his priorities is putting plenty of paper down for the duckling which he describes as a “pooping machine.”
Ian has a couple of ponds in his garden where Pumpkin can practice being a duck for when he is eventually released into the wild at the canal.
Ian says that could be when he is around eight weeks old.
Ian, a father-of-one who works as a painter at Bradshaws, added: “It’s adopted me as its surrogate mother. If I go into the garden he’ll follow me and if I go back into the house he’ll follow me back in.”
Despite referring to Pumpkin as a “he,” Ian still hasn’t been able to establish Pumpkin’s gender. Meanwhile, Ian and his work colleagues found the bodies of the rest of Pumpkin’s bothers and sisters one-by-one each morning.
They also believe crows have eaten the odd one.
Despite naming Pumpkin after a food, Ian says he definitely has no plans to put him in the pot!