A FARMER has been reunited with his missing duck – who returned as a mother to 13 ducklings.
Two-year-old Mildred vanished from Blue Hills Farm in Birkenshaw about a month ago. Farmer Carlton Ives searched for her but gave up and said: “I feared we’d lost her.”
But she came back last week with a baker’s dozen of fluffy yellow offspring. Said Carlton: “It was a big surprise and we were very happy.”
Mildred is a Muscovy duck, a breed native to Mexico and central and south America. She and her new family can be seen by visitors near the farm shop entrance off Whitehall Road. They will be added to the pets corner and play barn attraction Carlton runs with his wife Judith.