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Stansted Mountfitchet Castle and Norman Village: Winnie waddles in with her wild brood of nine ducklings



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A wild duck has led her brood of nine babies into the safety of Stansted's Mountfitchet Castle to the delight of young visitors.

Named Winnie the Waddler by staff, the mother hatched her ducklings on a nearby river bank before deciding to relocate them, along with dad Stanley, to the safer confines of the historic Norman village.

There, she is free to wander and feed her youngsters, making friends with the resident deer, chickens and peacocks and human visitors of all ages.

The ducklings make friends with one of Mountfitchet Castle's resident deer (57459577)
The ducklings make friends with one of Mountfitchet Castle's resident deer (57459577)

Jeremy Goldsmith, owner of the Lower Street attraction, said: "Several times a day, they waddle in through the main entrance, through the shop and out into the castle.

"The other animals, who are all rescued, have all welcomed her and her brood.

"The ducklings have become very tame and are now having visitors and schoolchildren hand-feed them.

Mother duck and her nine ducklings are quite at home in the castle's gift shop (57459568)
Mother duck and her nine ducklings are quite at home in the castle's gift shop (57459568)

"We hope that Winnie and her babies make Mountfitchet Castle their permanent home."

Following mum around the castle grounds (57459574)
Following mum around the castle grounds (57459574)
The ducklings nestle among the ruins of Mountfitchet Castle
The ducklings nestle among the ruins of Mountfitchet Castle

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