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Fri Apr 6, 2012, 07:47 AM

World's rarest ducklings Madagascan pochards hatch

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/17616488


The newly hatched ducklings represent almost one third of the entire world population of Madagascan pochards

Eighteen Madagascan pochards - the world's most endangered duck - have hatched in a captive breeding centre.

This brings the world population of the ducks to just 60.

The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, the groups leading the captive breeding programme, say this "builds hope that the bird can be saved from extinction".

The precious pochards are being reared at a specially built centre in Antsohihy, Madagascar.

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