Image copyright Mountfitchet Castle Image caption When they are old enough to fend for themselves, Fred's babysitting duties will cease.
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Mr Goldsmith said he only expected Fred's babysitting services to last another few weeks, after which the ducklings will be free to stay at the castle or leave.