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Watch the first crane eggs hatching

Just a few short hours after an epic 17 hour road trip from Germany the first eight crane chicks have successfully hatched at the special crane rearing facility at WWT Slimbridge.

Only hours after arriving the first chick hatched, followed by seven more, to the surprise and delight of me and crane ‘mummy’ Amy who had been anxiously awaiting their arrival at Slimbridge.

The next few days should see more chicks hatch at WWT Slimbridge. But in the meantime, you can share with us the special moments when the first cranes hatched!

See the original post on WWT's Crane School pages.

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The lead feathery-fingered expert on the project with a long history of hatching and rearing wildfowl, and saving species from the brink of extinction through captive breeding and rearing programmes.  Nigel is based at WWT Slimbridge.