Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Our very own Jemima Puddle-Duck

A new arrival has joined the many birds which live in the walk-in enclosure. Four weeks ago, our pair of runner ducks hatched one chick, and the youngster is now thriving amongst the various ducks, geese, guinea fowl and chickens which share this area. Although the keepers do not know whether the new bird is a male or a female, it has been given the nickname Jemima. The wet weather in recent weeks created lots of little puddles for the chick to splash about in, so the name seemed fitting! The chick is growing quickly and has recently been exploring the lake, as always, closely followed by its parents.

In an earlier post we told you about our first fallow fawn of 2009, well we have had five born in total this year. They are all fit and healthy and back with the main herd. At the beginning of July we received six new black cheeked lovebirds from Newquay Zoo to add to our existing flock. Both the black cheeked and the peach faced lovebirds have also bred well again this year.

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