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Nigel, the world's loneliest bird, dies next to the concrete decoy he loved

The gannet heeded' conservationists' call to settle on a small New Zealand island. Unfortunately, no eligible ladies did.
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Nigel, The Lonely Seabird, Dies Next To The Concrete Bird Replica He Loved For 5 Years

Academics / General Science : This Could Be Big

Conservation officers put up 80 decoys years ago in an attempt to bring gannets back to the island after a four-decade absence. It worked for Nigel, who showed up on the island in 2013, the first gannet to land there in 40 years. Th...

Like the men who prefer robot women, Nigel the Gannet wanted only the concrete bird.

US Politics / Conservative : Althouse

Articles about Nigel — like this one at The Guardian — stress his popularity with humans as he seemed to embody loneliness. There were 80 concrete decoy gannets on the New Zealand island of Mana, and for years Nigel was the only liv...

The Life and Death of Nigel, the World’s Loneliest Seabird

News : NYTimes: News

The gannet won hearts with his devotion to a concrete decoy on an uninhabited New Zealand island. His story shines a light on efforts to repopulate the island.

Nigel, the world's loneliest bird, was no victim. He was a hero.

Health : The Checkup

Rebuilding island colonies depends on birds that defy their instinct to return to their birthplace. In other words, success depends on Nigels.

World’s Loneliest Bird Dies In the Nest He Built For His Beloved Concrete Bird Mate on Mana Island

Humor / odd : Laughing Squid

A singular gannet named Nigel, who heeded the call to return to Mana Island, New Zealand in 2013 and lived completely alone but for the company of his chosen mate, died on February 1, 2018 beside his beloved. Nigel became a bit of a...


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