Crane chick and adult at Slimbridge
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Crane chicks hatched after special breeding programme

Four-hundred years after they were wiped out in the UK, a special breeding programme has just seen its first two crane chicks hatched.

Staff at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, hand-reared 76 birds after eggs were brought back from Germany.

It is hoped the chicks will mean a return of the birds in large numbers, as John Maguire reports.

  • 22 May 2014
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