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This paper describes a mobile robot that can enter a circular arena, gather a flock of ducks and manouvre them safely to a specified goal position. A minimal simulation model of the ducks' flocking behaviour was developed and used as a tool to guide the design of a general flock-control algorithm. The algorithm was first tested in simulation then tranferred unchanged to a physical robot which succeeds in gathering a real flock of ducks. This is the first example of a robot system that exploits and controls an animal's behaviour to achieve a useful task.