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According to Sara Hallager, a bird biologist at the National Zoo;
"All baby birds, when they're born, the first thing they see, which is
usually the same species, is what they imprint on."
So how did this duckling duo end up thinking a dog was their parent?
It turns out it wasn't part of the original plan when Frances Marsh, 25,
and her family bought two two-day-old ducklings at a local garden center
near their home in Atlantic Beach, N.C.
Yogi, the family's 5-year-old corgi, was in the car that day and was
instantly fascinated by the family's purchase.
"They were in a little box. He just leaned his head over and licked
them," Marsh said.
Ever since, the ducklings, Biggie and 'Pac, have chosen to follow
Yogi, as if he were their mother.
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