Polish farmer Krzystof Makles from Swiecie first believed that the extraordinary four-legged baby duckling born inside his hatchery had little or no chance of surviving.
But the hardy farmer took pity on the unusual ugly duckling by caringly taking the little chick under his wing and cared for the quackers until it became strong enough to hold its own.
Now his little feathered four-legged friend follows him around everywhere on the farm just like a dog:
“We found him among a load of other newborn chicks and to be honest I thought he would die, but he got stronger and pulled through and I admired his guts.
“But three months later he’s really grown and, even though a four-legged duck would be a huge seller for a butcher, there’s no way I could let him end up in an oven now.
“He’s a family pet”, said Krzystof Makles.