Prepare yourself for the cutest and most devastating story that you’ll read this week.
The first thing you need to know is that people really love their ducks.
When a famous East Asian Mandarin Duck went missing in New York, people lost their minds.
That story had a happy ending. Unfortunately, this one does not.
Trevor Mallard – named after a New Zealand politician – arrived on the remote Pacific Island of Niue in 2018, reports BBC.
“He showed up in Niue in January last year after a big storm, we think he flew or blew here,” said Rae Findlay, Niue’s Chamber of Commerce chief and the person behind Trevor’s Facebook page.
“It’s assumed he came from New Zealand but it’s also possible he came from Tonga or another Pacific island.
During his short, but happy life, Trevor lived in a large puddle. He was called the world’s loneliest duck because he was the only mallard on the entire island.
And though he has seen as the world’s loneliest duck, it seemed he was anything but lonely.
Trevor’s puddle was regularly checked on by concerned locals and even the island’s fire brigade, who would fill it up if water levels got too low.
“He regularly flew around to visit locals on their lawns and enjoyed the tasty treats they offered,” said Ms Findlay. “He would be fed peas, corns and oats.”
He also became friends with a rooster, a chicken and a weka (a bird native to Niue), who all lived near the puddle.
Unfortunately, last week tragedy struck, and Trevor was killed by dogs on the island.
“The rooster, chicken and veka were looking a little forlorn today wandering around the near dry puddle,” said Ms Findlay.
RIP Trevor. I’m sure you will be missed.
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