Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Are You Barking? No, We're Just Plain Quackers, er, Mum

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Are You Barking? No, We're Just Plain Quackers, er, Mum

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Byline: By Kevin Donald

A pair of goslings have found an unusual mother figure.

The tiny creatures have been taken in by year-old cross-bred terrier Missy, who has even started producing milk after having a phantom pregnancy.

Their owner Kevin Harding, 44, of West Thirston, near Felton, Northumberland, said: "Missy just follows them around and they follow her. She's like a mother with puppies."

Kevin, a builder, said the border-cross-lakeland bitch must have taken off the side of the run where the goslings were kept and then carried them to the summer house.

He said the family returned home to find her with them on the sofa. Missy and the week-and-a-half-old goslings went down a treat with Kevin's wife Kim, 42, and daughters Megan, 14, Erin, 12, and six-year-old twins Mia and Cerys.

Kim said: "Missy is about a year old. A young bitch will often latch onto something ( she had a little bear stuffed toy and she thought it was her baby. …

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