Lonely Duck Gets All The Love From The Community From Food To Safety.
The remote island of Niue, about a 3 and a half hour flight from Auckland, has a population of 1,600 people…. and one duck. The duck, named Trevor, after the Speaker of the House of Representatives in New Zealand, Trevor Mallard, has become quite a celebrity on the island, with tourists visiting just to take pictures of it.
Many of the locals stop by to see Trevor and throw food his way and make sure he has small ponds to puddle up in. But Trevor is something of a mystery… no one knows where he came from or how he got there. It’s just not an island known for ducks.
He possibly flew in from New Zealand, but it’s so far away that it’s unlikely. Since it’s not really a place for ducks, the locals are concerned that whatever small ponds they create for him are drying up.
Many of them, however, make a lot of trips with containers to fill up his water bed. Even the fire service there makes it a point to check on Trevor every day to make sure he’s got water to swim in.
People there have also given themselves an education on what types of food are best for ducks, so they take him healthy things, like peas, corn, oats and rice.
Another concern is that Trevor might be lonely, so the locals are looking into options, like bringing a companion in for him or relocating him. But no one on the island wants to see Trevor leave.
Says Felicity Bollen, chief executive officer of Niue Tourism, “If he’s come to Niue to make it his home, whether that’s temporary or permanent, we should just let him be, provide him with clean water, and if he wants to stay, that should be up to Trevor the duck, no one should interfere in that process.”
So, what are your thoughts on that? Should Trevor stay… or go?
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