A family of ducks which have made RS Components’ massive site at Corby their home have not only been made welcome, they’re gaining celebrity status.
Mum, named Jemima, and her 16 offspring have been adopted by the company which has paid to have a duck pond built at the site to ensure their comfort.
The feathered friends even have their own Facebook page and their progress is being followed by RS employees at Corby and customers overseas.
Jemima first arrived at the company, in Birchington Road, last year when she hid in the bushes in the firm’s enclosed garden and laid her eggs.
Internal communications manager at RS Barbara Algeo said: “The next thing we knew we had a family of ducks in the grounds. We contacted the RSPCA and, when the ducklings were big enough, they came and moved them to The Lakes in Corby.
“Jemima returned this year in May and now we have another family in residence.
“RS paid for a building company to come in and build a pond for them and they are very happy.”
Barbara and colleagues Marion Woolmer and Lorraine Bailey have taken on the responsibility for the ducks’ welfare, making sure they have the correct food.
The ducks are also watched over at weekends and during night shifts by RS security staff.
Barbara said: “The ducks have created quite a stir among the staff and people love to go into the garden and see what they are up to.”
Barbara plans to contact the RSPCA in the coming weeks so the ducks can be moved to a new home.