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June 6, 2012 at 11:40 AMComments: 2 Faves: 0

Corgi Mothers Two Little Ducklings

By Bri Luginbill More Blogs by This Author

What’s cuter than seeing two ducklings wading in the water? Watching those two ducks trail closely behind a Corgi!

I’ll have to say when I saw photos of two ducklings tailing behind this corgi’s footsteps, I couldn’t help but smile. An “awww” even escaped my lips. I couldn’t believe it! But I did wonder, why would these little ducklings latch onto Yogi?

Well, when most birds are young they tend to latch onto the first thing they see – it's a phenomenon known as imprinting. Normally they imprint on the same species, but according to biologist Sara Hallager, it’s not very uncommon to see birds following around other animals.

In this case of these ducklings, Yogi was the first one they saw! Yogi’s owners had just purchased the ducklings and were transporting the two little guys home in a cardboard box. Out of curiosity, Yogi stuck his nose into the box, opening one of the flaps. Instantly, Yogi became their mother!

Now, wherever Yogi goes, they follow.

yogi the corgi

But how does Yogi feel about these ducklings following him around?

“He thinks they're his babies.” says his owner Marsh

Yogi’s been known to sleep next to them at night, herd them while they are on walks and even bark at them if they get out of line. i.e. jumping on Yogi’s back.

The 3 of them are inseparable.

As the ducklings grow up, they may stop following Yogi around. Just as they would if their mother figure was of the same specifies. So, we’ll see what happens as they get older!

yogi the corgi

Has your dog mothered other animals?

Sources:

http://news.discovery.com/animals/ducklings-follow-dog-explained-photo.html

http://www.geekosystem.com/ducklings-imprint-on-corgi/

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