Adorable Animals Being Adorable of the Day: A seven-day-old duckling was rescued from a gull mauling by an RSPCA inspector and taken to the Devon Wildlife Visitor Centre, but being away from its siblings led to separation anxiety, which kept it from eating.
The baby duck’s handlers came up with the notion to put a mirror in its enclosure to keep it company.
“The duckling regularly wanders up to the mirror and pecks at it, licks it and is constantly happily chirruping away,” says Centre spokeswoman Liz Dyas. “It is very common for ducklings to die once separated from the flock and we’re amazed at the change in condition.”
The duckling — named Alice for its Looking Glass fixation — is reportedly eating again, and is expected to make a full recovery in matter of months.
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