Cat Adopts Orphaned Ducklings With Her Litter Of Kittens

A cat, a mother of three kittens, adopted three orphaned ducklings and started nursing and caring for them them along with her own.

Ronan and Emma Lally, from Clare Co Offaly, Ireland, were surprised to learn that their cat took in the ducklings instead of harming them. “The minute the cat lay down the three ducklings run underneath her. She started to purr,” Ronan said via

“We lifted her up and two ducklings were latched onto the cat. The cat has all the material instinct, she has her paw around them and it is just extraordinary.”

“The cat thinks they are all kittens. The cat might notice when the yellow kittens get very big,” he added.

Cat mama adopts three orphaned ducklings and cares for them along with her litter of three kittens

cute cat mama adopts ducklings

cute cat mama adopts ducklings

cute cat mama adopts ducklings

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8 Responses to “Cat Adopts Orphaned Ducklings With Her Litter Of Kittens”

  1. Jaina Bolin says:

    This is incredible I have never seen anything like it. I love it.

  2. Mimi's Mom says:

    Love the mama!

  3. lashantina says:

    I don’t think they are really “latching on” because they have bills, not lips! And besides, ducks don’t nurse! I think they are nestling under her fur for warmth, which is quite sweet, but they can’t really get milk from her body. Ducklings nestle under the mamma duck like this, too, but they are not being “breastfed” !!

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  5. Pira says:

    They are birds not mammals, so they don’t drink milk…but they do like to stay warm.

    I’ve seen this before. One year a cat & duck nested in the same box in my parents barn, sharing duties keeping the babies warm & protected. When the cat would hunt the kitten was under the duck with the ducklings, and when the duck left to eat wee birds snuggled up with the cat. The kitten was eventually named Ducky for this reason.

    Mother Nature is always full of delightful surprises like this :3

  6. Lisa Jeffries says:

    I agree with lashantina, they are not ‘latching’, they are nestling. Just as sweet.

  7. Iffat says:

    How sweet is that?!

  8. Marlene says:

    That’s just soooo incredibly cute… totally adorable! <3

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