In 2011, a lonely duckling separated from its family at birth has been saved thanks to a mirror – which has become its only friend.
Seven-day-old Alice was taken to a rescue centre after being mauled by a gull at just one day old.
But the bird was in an agitated state and refused to eat because of the stress of being separated from its siblings.
So quick-thinking keepers installed a mirror which tricks Alice into thinking its reflection is actually another duckling.
Now it happily huddles up to the mirror for companionship – and even ‘talks’ to it.
Liz Dyas, of Devon Wildlife Visitor Centre, near Newton Abbot, Devon, said: “If we remove the mirror it goes absolutely crazy and squawks and complains until we put it back.
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