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Wildlife centre welcomes arrival of rare ducklings
“The Baer’s pochard is the most recent in a long list of ‘little brown ducks’ to need our help and understanding in recent decades" - Phoebe Vaughan.

Two Baer's pochard ducklings hatched at the Slimbridge Wetland Centre.

A critically-endangered pair of ducklings have hatched at a wildlife reserve in Gloucestershire.

The two Baer's pochard ducklings arrived at the Slimbridge Wetland Centre in June – the first time that the centre has successfully bred the species. 

Phoebe Vaughan, deputy living collections manager at Slimbridge, said: “The Baer’s pochard is the most recent in a long list of ‘little brown ducks’ to need our help and understanding in recent decades. The Aviculture team is thrilled to be able to do our bit for raising awareness of both the Baer’s pochard and also incidentally the Madagascar pochard, which this little family are representing for us so beautifully. 

“When you make habitat, they will come, they will breed, and they will thrive! This is such a valuable message to our visitors and future generations.”

In 2012, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) listed the Baer's pochard as critically endangered. Once common across Eastern Asia, it is estimated that there are now fewer than 1,000 individuals remaining in the wild.

The Wildlife and Wetlands Trust’s Conservation Breeding Unit used Baer’s pochard, alongside Ferruginous duck, to trial equipment eventually used for the pochard soft release at Lake Sofia, Madagascar.

The Baer’s were not only physically perfect for assessing the suitability of the equipment, but also WWT were able to consecutively raise their species profile.

Image (C) Slimbridge Wetland Centre.

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Laura Muir wins gold at Commonwealth Games

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 Veterinary surgeon and Olympic silver-medalist Laura Muir scooped the gold medal in the 1500m final Commonwealth Games on Sunday.

Winning Scotland's 12th title of the games, Muir finished in four minutes 2.75 seconds, collecting her second medal in 24 hours.

Dr Muir commented on her win: "I just thought my strength is in my kick and I just tried to trust it and hope nobody would catch me. I ran as hard as I could to the line.

"It is so nice to come here and not just get one medal but two and in such a competitive field. Those girls are fast. It means a lot." 

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