A confused cockatoo at a wildlife centre has spent the last two weeks trying to hatch a bowl of Easter eggs.

The 17-year-old bird, called Pippa, adopted the chocolate eggs when her owner put them out just before Easter as a treat for visitors to the centre in Nuneaton, Warwickshire.

Thinking they were her own, Pippa latched on to them immediately and has been sitting on them ever since.

Cockatoo tries to hatch Easter eggsGeoff Grewcock, owner of the Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary, said: “It’s very comical. She’s not usually maternal, so it’s come as a bit of a surprise.

“We had a lot of creme eggs, so we put them in a dish on a table for people to take.

“When we got Pippa out she went straight to them and began nesting on them.

“She’s so protective over them, and if anyone goes near them she’ll attack.”

Pippa has become so possessive that Mr Grewcock is having to take the eggs away from her one by one.

“They’re going to melt if we don’t take them away,” he said. “We’re taking them away gradually, so she should be okay.

“I think she thinks they should be hatching now and has starting pecking at them. It’s very strange.”