ImageKylie Brown is just five years old and refers to herself as “Mom” to Snowflake, a duck that imprinted on her as a duckling. They have been inseparable ever since they first met back in July 2015.

“It was kind of on a whim that we brought him home,” Kylie’s mom, Ashley Brown, says. “I thought, ‘It’s a farm animal. It lives outside. … I was not expecting this.”

The Maine family explains Snowflake instantly fell in love with Kylie.

“This little yellow fur ball is squawking in the box, and Kylie walked over to the box and leaned in, and he was quiet,” Brown says.

Snowflake follows Kylie everywhere; they even went trick-or-treating together on Halloween. Kylie went as Queen Elsa from Frozen, while Snowflake went as Olaf (proof in the video below!).

“They are best friends, but in his eyes, she’s Mama. She’s Mama Duck,” Brown says.

Every day Snowflake waits for Kylie to return home from school. Brown explains that Kylie’s learned a lot about responsibility by taking care of Snowflake.

“I’ve seen her grow up. She’s become very responsible. She takes very good care of him,” she says. She adds, “He’s family. He’s definitely family.”

See the dynamic duo in action in the video below: