The boy is fostering eight just-hatched ducklings until they're big enough to hold their own with next door's flock. The mama abandoned them within hours of hatching and they wouldn't have lasted a day out there on their own - between the chilly nights, the rats and the hawk.
Instead, they're a blessing for us in these strange days. I can say that because the deal was that I do none of the cleaning-out or care. I just get to cuddle them occasionally. It's quite the role swap! They are the perfect distraction in these unsettling times.