Arrival of lone bird has surprised and delighted Pacific atolls residents who bring food and spend time topping up its puddle
The remote Pacific atoll of Niue, a three and a half hour flight from Auckland, has a population of 1,600 humans and, as of early this year, one duck.
The arrival of the lone bird has surprised and delighted locals. He has been christened Trevor, after the the Speaker of the House of Representatives in New Zealand, Trevor Mallard.
The duck has since become something of a national celebrity tourists visit to take pictures, locals drop by with food and volunteers top up the puddle that Trevor lives in.
Everyones familiar with Trevor, said Kirk Yates, the New Zealand high commissioner in Niue. However, no one knows where the duck came from or how it got there.
Theres a lot of contention about that, no ones actually sure about it, said Felicity Bollen, chief executive officer of Niue Tourism. One popular theory is that he flew from New Zealand.
No one could believe it could fly that far, she said. Theres other conjecture that it could have stowed away on a yacht, but I think its less likely. Its part of the mystery.
Given that Niue lacks the wetlands and ponds that are the birds typical habitat, Trevor has had to make do with a puddle alongside a track near the airport.
People are concerned because we havent had a lot of rain so his puddle is drying up, said Bollen. Theres a collective effort among the public at large to keep the duck in water. People are just going down with containers to fill up his puddle.
Even the fire service has been drafted in to make sure Trevors puddle does not run dry.
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