Remote Island Nation Mourns The Death Of Trevor, The World’s Loneliest Duck

Published January 29, 2019

Because the remote island had no wetlands or ponds, Trevor was forced to call a roadside puddle his home.

Trevor The Duck Near His Puddle

“Trevor the Duck – Niue”/FacebookTrevor the Duck next to his favorite puddle.

A mallard reportedly blown to the remote Pacific island nation of Niue by a storm last year has been found dead in a bush after an unfortunate attack by dogs, The Guardian reported.

Lovingly nicknamed Trevor, after New Zealand’s parliamentary speaker Trevor Mallard, the duck became a local celebrity after The New Zealand Herald documented his despondent existence in a roadside puddle.

The island didn’t have any wetlands or ponds to accommodate him, but Trevor made do — and was quickly dubbed “the world’s loneliest duck” for subsisting on his lonesome. He was cherished dearly by Kiwi citizens on and off the nearby island nation.

A Facebook page dedicated to the beloved drake’s activities has nearly 2,000 followers, with the latest post announcing Trevor’s death garnering 100 shares and almost 1,000 likes to date. Parliamentary speaker Trevor Mallard even chimed in to publicly express his condolences, with the overwhelming reaction pointing toward how cherished this animal really was.

“Deepest sympathy to the people of Niue from the Parliament of New Zealand,” wrote Mallard.

Even the island’s chamber of commerce chief, Rae Findlay, made sure to commemorate the occasion, stating that Trevor’s death would be an absolute loss for the nation.

“He could fly and regularly flew around to visit friendly locals on their lawns and enjoy the tasty treats they offered,” Findlay told Fox News. “He always flew back to The Puddle on the side of the road where he had befriended a rooster, a chicken and a weka (native bird).”

Trevor The Duck Sanctuary Sign

A sign for the Niue Duck Sanctuary protecting Trevor.

“He captured many hearts and even the rooster, the chicken and the weka were looking a little forlorn today wandering around near the dry puddle,” said Findlay.

While it may seem like a frivolous incident which would have little to no effect on most people, the remote island has a tiny population of 1,600 and is almost four hours away from Auckland by plane. Local firefighters would fill Trevor’s puddle with water while he was alive, and New Zealand’s former high commissioner would regularly feed him. In places like these, with people who care, a single duck brings communities together.

After reading about Trevor, the world’s loneliest duck, read about the balut egg, the most disturbing duck dish in the world. Then, venture to Tristan da Cunha a.k.a. Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, the most remote human settlement on Earth.

Marco Margaritoff
A former staff writer for All That’s Interesting, Marco Margaritoff holds dual Bachelor's degrees from Pace University and a Master's in journalism from New York University. He has published work at People, VICE, Complex, and serves as a staff reporter at HuffPost.
John Kuroski
John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society for history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.