In fact, they're so loyal to him that they only respond to his voice and no others. Even if somebody else were to call them, they would simply refuse to move. Basically the duck version of flipping someone off...
It can be kind of hard to get your head around, I mean it's like us being born and thinking that the family cat is our mentor and protector based on it just so happening to be the first animal we spend a prolonged period of time with. But you never know... it could happen.
For birds, imprinting is absolutely vital. It plays a big factor in their short and long-term development and ultimately; their survival. So whilst it might seem pretty funny that this guy gets followed around day and night by a bunch of small birds, he's actually playing a really crucial role in their chances of living long and healthy lives. Still, you're allowed to laugh and think it's the cutest thing you've seen in a long time all the same...
The ducklings currently live out their days trekking back and forth between the mans house and the wild and seem pretty content in doing so. It looks as if they're well taken care of after all!
That bond is strong and he looks as if he's got companions for life, which gives us a nice warm, fuzzy feeling inside. Ahhhh...
What do you make of this slightly less-conventional parent-child relationship?