Louisville Zoo becomes home to rare duckling

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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 6:43 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 13 at 2:00 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- After an duck egg was abandoned by its mother at the Louisville Zoo, zoo workers managed to hatch the rare Madagascar duckling on their own.

Zoo spokeswoman Kara Bussabarger told the Louisville Courier-Journal this week that the duckling is a member of the endangered Madagascar teal species, whose numbers have dwindled to only about 2,000 in the wild and 200 in captivity.

The mother duck, on loan from Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, dumped the egg outside the nest, where it was found by a worker. The duckling, named Gerry, later hatched in the zoo's incubator with a little help.

Bird curator Gary Michael said he spent hours rubbing the egg to coax the bird out. When Gerry had trouble breaking the shell, Michael poked a hole for the duckling.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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