A LITTLE AND large burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia) double act have made history at a Cornish animal centre after becoming their first owl chicks to hatch. Nicknamed after TV presenters Ant and Dec, the pair were born on March 26 and are currently being hand-reared by staff at Wingz Bird & Animal Sanctuary near Par. The parent birds laid and successfully hatched the centre’s first three chicks only a year after arriving from Cotswold Wildlife Park. Ant & Dec will remain at the park, while the third chick will be transferred to Exmoor Zoo.
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WORKERS AT A tractor service company in Fife received an unexpected surprise when their latest machinery order arrived. Shortly after the new tractor was unloaded off the truck, staff discovered a nest containing four three-week-old blackbird chicks hidden underneath the cab. The hungry chicks had survived the journey of more than 200 miles from Cumbria to Ceres.
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THIS NOT-SO-SUBTLE BLUE tit was caught on camera toppling backwards as it eagerly tugged on nesting material provided in a Sussex garden. The picture was taken by amateur photographer Tim Clifton from St Leonards on Sea shortly after he put out the material for his garden visitors.
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THESE FLUFFY NENE goslings (Branta sandvicensis) are the latest addition to the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust’s (WWT) duckling nursery in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire. And with more expected to hatch in the coming weeks, visitors are invited to go behind-the-scenes with the Downy Duckling tours. The week-long event allows guests to get up-close to young goslings, ducklings and cygn ets, see incubating eggs and take part in free egg-candling workshops. There’s also an opportunity to watch eggs hatch or browse the egg exhibition.
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International and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research have joined the British Antarctic Survey to compile a “tracking database” for six penguin species. Funded by the UK Government’s Darwin Initiative, which exists to aid countries rich in biodiversity but poor in financial resources, the project will run over 21 months and has a budget of £140,000.
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