Ferdy the teenage duck quacks on with her retirement
At 15, Ferdinand the duck is believed to be the oldest of his kind, having lived 13 and a half years longer that she should have.
At 18 months her breed are considered to be at the right age for a roast duck dinner.
Now the friendly Silver Appleyard duck is going into retirement from Exmoor Zoo to see out her days as part of a private collection in Cornwall.
Head keeper Derek Gibson took on the duckling when she was just a day old.
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"She was a late hatcher so I took her on from the people who bred her, to use her in the zoo's school visits and birthdays – she's been cuddled and stroked for all those years but now she has earned her retirement."
Silver Appleyards are bred for their eggs, as pets, exhibitions and as a gourmet roasting duck.
Now Ferdinand can settle down in retirement having lived a great, unexpected, long life over the border into Cornwall.