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Wonder duck hatches 21 ducklings in north Dorset

The duck and her 21 ducklings (pic: sent in by Brian Moore)
The ducklings all hatched on Saturday morning

A mallard duck which was sitting on 21 eggs in Dorset has successfully hatched every one of them.

Photographer Brian Moore, 70, caught the ducklings on camera with their mother after they hatched on Saturday in the village of Hazelbury Bryan.

Their home is a duck house on a lake at the end of his son's garden.

Mr Moore, of the same village, said he had photographed wildlife all his life but never seen anything quite so impressive.

He said his eight-year-old twin grandchildren were hoping the number of ducklings might be a world record.

"I've never seen 21 ducklings before," he said, describing it as "a miracle".

"On Saturday morning, they all hatched, all about the same time.

"We thought there were about 18 eggs in the duck house, but it was only after I took the photos that we counted 21," he said.

"I've been photographing wildlife all my life and I've never seen anything like it.

"There are a lots of buzzards around here, foxes and crows, and we are hoping they don't get taken by predators."

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