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Fears for old love bird Albert.

Bird lovers fear lonely Albert the albatross is dead.

Albert has failed to show at the nesting site he has returned to every year since 1972.

The lovestruck bird always came to the Hermanness reserve on Unst in the Shetlands in his desperate hunt for a mate.

But as the only one of his kind in the Northern Hemisphere, it was an impossible dream.

Experts think Albert, who was between 30 to 35 years old, may have died of old age.

Wildlife photographer Hugh Harrop said: "It's a terrible shame because he was very popular."
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 23, 1996
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