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AMAZONIA WELCOMES NEW DUCKLING ARRIVALS

Monday, 14 August 2017

Five fluffy ducklings have hatched at Amazonia, Scotland’s only tropical rainforest, and are now on display for visitors to see.

A pair of ringed teal ducks are raising the brood with staff overseeing the new family to ensure the best care for the babies as they grow.

This species of tropical tree duck is native to wetlands in South America. The five new ducklings mean there is now 11 ducks at the popular visitor destination that are all free to roam Amazonia and can often be found taking a dip in the pond.

Amanda Gott, zoo manager at Amazonia, said: “Our new arrivals are very cute and growing so fast. I’d urge visitors to come along to Amazonia to catch a glimpse of them.

“This breed of delightful duck often form strong bonds with their mate. Sometimes they only stay together for one mating season but some pairs have been known to couple up for life.

“The female incubated her eggs for a total of 29 days before the babies made an appearance. The parents will continue to play a massive role in raising the ducklings until they fledge at around 55 days old.”

This is the third time in recent months Amazonia has welcomed new additions, with twin marmoset monkeys and a kinkajou named Poppy all born and nurtured at the indoor tropical rainforest.

Amanda added: “Our young residents are definitely favourites among our visitors. Poppy is housed in the nocturnal area during the day, next to her older brother Forest, who was also hand-reared at Amazonia.”

Amazonia is home to an array of exotic animals from tarantulas and pythons to kinkajous and parrots.

Amazonia is open between 10am and 6pm seven days a week and is situated within M&D’s – Scotland’s Theme Park. Further information can be found by visiting www.discoveramazonia.co.uk.

 

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