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Sad news from WWT Slimbridge

Bad news from WWT Slimbridge on their Slimbridge Sightings twitter page

BABY CRANE UPDATE - Well some sad news to report this morning. Our Crane chick on the Rushy has not made it. Let's hope they do better next year.

Initial post mortem results on the baby Crane show underlying lung & kidney disease were the cause of death.

Success at WWT Slimbridge!

WWT Slimbridge confirmed that they have a crane chick! One of the team photographed it this morning and they are waiting to confirm but based on second hand information it looks like it could be 24-36 hours old.  Keep watching for the second chick it is addictive viewing!

http://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/slimbridge/experience/webcam/

The 2012 cranes first few days - an illustrated guide...

 

1. The egg is 'pipped' ie the chick has pushed its beak through and made a hole.  The chick can now take up to 24 hours to get out of the egg, where it has been developing for the last 28-30 days. 

Video - The chick rearing process

A short video with Nigel sharing the rearing process of the young cranes at WWT's Crane School with fantastic footage of crane chicks.