As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday, 2 March 2020

Watch the hidden 'nest cam' footage of rare hornbill chicks hatching at Chester Zoo

19th February

HIDDEN cameras at Chester Zoo have captured remarkable footage showing the hatching of two rare hornbill chicks.

The rhinoceros hornbill chicks, which are both female, arrived to parents Manu and Liv after an incubation period of around 40 days and are the first to hatch at the zoo for more than 13 years. Chester is the only zoo in the UK to ever successfully breed the species.

The rarely seen film is at the heart of a new series of Channel 4’s The Secret Life of the Zoo.

Conservation experts say the arrival of chicks is made even more special given the remarkable survival story of their parents who were rescued from a fire at the zoo in Dec 2018. The pair was safely led away from the fire by dedicated members of the zoo’s bird team and, within hours, they had been re-homed in another area of the 128 acre site.

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