Skip to main content Text Only version of this page
BBC
Home
TV
Radio
Talk
Where I Live
A-Z Index
Games
Games
Chat
Chat
Vote
Vote
Win
Win
Quiz
Quiz
Club
Club
 Homepage
 UK
 World
 Sport
 Music
 TV/Film
 Animals
 Sci/Tech
 Weather
 Pictures
 Find Out
 The Team

Contact Us
Help
Teachers





  The early ducklings
Updated 06 November 2001, 18.02
Ducklings (file pic)
Newquay Zoo in Cornwall has had an early but unexpected Christmas present - seven newborn ducklings!

Ducklings, like lambs and chicks, aren't usually born until spring when it's warmer.

Warm weather

But because of the recent warm weather and the zoo's cosy lakes, the parents who are wild mallard ducks, decided it was time to hatch their babies.

Fact File
Mallard ducks
Female mallards are "hens"
Male mallards are "drakes"
Average female lays 9 eggs
Only males have green necks
Eggs incubate for 28 days

The ducklings haven't been named yet and have been moved to a village farm where they'll get shelter and vitamins to help them through the cold winter weather.

Mike Thomas, managing director of the zoo said: "Eventually they will grow up and fly off, but for now this is their home and they are in the best place."

Watch/ListenBORDER=0
Hear story!Hear story!
BORDER=0

More InfoBORDER=0
ChatAnimals message board
VoteZoos - right or wrong

BORDER=0


 

Full Animals Section
Also in Animals now:
Hope for new home for Swiss bears
Europe's birdlife 'under threat'
Proud pooch moves to White House
© BBC Back to top^^
Homepage | UK | World | Sport | Music | TV/Film | Animals | Sci/Tech | Weather
Pictures | Find Out | The Team | Games | Chat | Vote | Win | Quiz | Club