Chester Zoo’s baby birds get a Foster ‘mum’

Chester Record

 Female adult Fischer’s turaco. Source: Doug Janson

TWO rare baby Fischer’s turacos (Tauraco fischeri) are needing round the clock care and are proving to be a handful for staff at Chester Zoo.

After being rejected by their mother, the pair of Fischer’s turacos are being hand-reared by the curator of birds, Andrew Owen.

He also takes the birds’ home to feed them every few hours with chopped fruit using tweezers.

Andrew said: “It’s not unusual for a first-time mum to feel a little unsure as to what’s she’s to do with her new charges so I’m more than happy to step up and play parent.

“Encouraging them to eat does require some patience and a little encouragement but once they’ve got full tummies then they’re usually happy to nod off to sleep. As youngsters go, other than meal times, they’ve been pretty un-demanding and I’m relieved to say…

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