UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The loneliest bird in the world has died.
Nigel “no mates”, who lived on Mana Island with only 80 concrete gannets for friends, was found dead last week. The conservation group, Friends of Mana, posted a tribute to the bird Jan. 31.
Nigel was lured to the uninhabited island five years ago with the hope of establishing a new colony of New Zealand gannets. Three landed on the island at Christmas, but prior to their arrival, Nigel was living alone.
The concrete birds were Nigel’s only pals, he even made a nest for one in 2013, in an attempt of courtship and spent his time trying to woo it.
With the latest gannets now settling in, conservationist, Chris Bell, told reporters it, “feels like the wrong ending to the story. He died right at the beginning of something great.”
Experts hope the new arrivals will stay and breed.