UK's bird flu 'patient zero' is 'distraught' after not being able to keep ducks for year
Alan Gosling, 79, was reportedly left 'distraught' after he learned that he would not be able to keep ducks for a whole year after becoming the UK's bird flu 'patient zero'
Alan Gosling's pet ducks were culled earlier this month after they were found to be infected with the deadly disease.The retired train driver, 79, also tested positive and was forced to quarantine at his home in Buckfastleigh, Devon.Alan has since turned negative and is now allowed to return to his daily life once a deep clean of his home is completed.
But relatives have said he was dealt a devastating blow when he was told he couldn't keep any more ducks for a whole year. Alan previously described his ducks, of which there were 160, as "family".Daughter-in-law Ellesha Gosling, 26, said: "When the ducks were killed, his only bit of hope was that he'd be able to get more.
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Alan Gosling's pet ducks were culled earlier this month after they were found to be infected with the deadly disease. The retired train driver, 79, also tested positive and was forced to quarantine at his home in Buckfastleigh, Devon.” Ahead of the current series’ debut last week, Lord Sugar revealed whether the new generation of contestants are prepared for their tasks. Alan has since turned negative and is now allowed to return to his daily life once a deep clean of his home is completed.44 GMT Last modified on Wed 12 Jan 2022 15. But relatives have said he was dealt a devastating blow when he was told he couldn't keep any more ducks for a whole year. Alan Sugar has addressed rumours he is set to leave The Apprentice in two years (Image: BBC) Alan Sugar quipped that he will make The Apprentice’s final task to organise his funeral (Image: BBC) Speaking of the candidates’ ability to get through the tasks, Lord Sugar told press including Express. Alan previously described his ducks, of which there were 160, as "family".
Daughter-in-law Ellesha Gosling, 26, said: "When the ducks were killed, his only bit of hope was that he'd be able to get more.uk : “They fall for the same things, the same traps and all that stuff. Share your experiences. "He thought hope was not lost because he could fill the void after losing his closest companions. "But now he's been told it's not safe for new ducks to go onto his land for a whole year. No problem with young people like that. Dad's face dropped when he was told. "It really hurt him because that's what was keeping him going. “And what rings my bells is when you can see these candidates - and we start off with 16 candidates - quite a few of them get it and a lot of people, a lot of commentators who watch the programme - particularly those 35 to 40 year olds - are very quick to criticise.
They took away all his friends and now he has been left with nothing." It is understood that 20 of the 160 ducks stayed inside the house with Alan.. All of Alan's adopted ducks were culled after several of them fell ill in late December - leaving him alone for Christmas. They had tested positive for a new strain of bird flu, known as H5N1, and tests were also run on Alan as several had lived inside his house with him.. A few days later he also was confirmed to be the first UK case - despite having no symptoms - and has remained isolated in his empty home since.
He said of the culling: "I keep turning it over in my head and when I go to sleep it's what I dream about - it never leaves my mind. "They were like my family and I miss them like hell. I hand-reared them from chicks and some of them were 12 or 13 years old." Alan tested negative for the virus just a day after testing positive, and has since been given the all-clear. .