When they first met, Romeo the pelican was simply in need of a little tender loving care.
But the amorous avian appears to have mistaken a nurse's attention for something a little more intimate and has set about trying to woo his human companion.
Last night Mrs Bailey, 47, revealed how the lovelorn bird tries to impress her when they are alone. "He looks right into my eyes and puts on what I can only describe as a mating display, with his wings up and his head bowed down," she said.
"He will walk over to me, snuggle in and preen me. Romeo loves to take my hair or my hand in his mouth and he also plays with my shoe laces."