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Exotic birds given a helping hand at North West zoo

They may look like ordinary baby birds but these are rare starling chicks who need a special helping hand at Chester Zoo.

The vide shows one of six grosbeak starlings which has received some intensive care by keepers. The birds which are native to Indonesia, have been successfully hand-reared for the last five weeks.

The birds started out each weighing just a few grams and helping such tiny little chicks to eat requires a high degree of patience and lots of gentle encouragement. “We use delicate little tweezers to deliver food to them and then it’s really important to keep track of their development along the way. To do this we pop them on to a mini set of scales and check their weight every day – making sure they’re getting everything they need.

“For a good few months it’s a time consuming process and life does tend to revolve around the chicks’ feeding schedule but it’s ever-so-rewarding to see them go on and fledge.”

– Bird keeper Leanne Lowton


Rebecca Coriam: call to re-investigate the death of a Chester woman who disappeared on Disney cruise ship

Campaigners investigating the disappearance of a woman from Chester on a Disney cruise ship fear she may have been murdered.

Investigators in the Bahamas originally concluded that 24-year-old Rebecca Coriam fell overboard near Mexico in 2011. Her body was never found.

But now private investigators in the UK and the family's MP say there's enough evidence to suggest Rebecca may have been killed, and are calling for UK police to look into the case.

The Labour MP for Chester Chris Matheson


One-week-old elephant calf enjoys a mud bath

Credit: Chester Zoo

One-week-old elephant, Nandita Hi Way, has been enjoying a mud bath at Chester Zoo.

The calf, along with five other members of her family, spent around half an hour slipping and sliding in the mud before mum wiped her eyes and ears with her trunk.

Andy Mckenzie, Chester Zoo’s team manager of elephants, said:

“Our new calf Nandita Hi Way is only a few days old but she’s wasted no time in diving in to enjoy a splash with the others. All of the family really look out for her, and mum Thi in particular is never far away - always there to lend a helping trunk should Nandita need a bit of mud wiping away from her eyes and ears.”

Rare new animals at Chester Zoo opening

The Sundha Gharial crocodile Credit: Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo is opening the UK's largest ever indoor zoo exhibit today.

The Monsoon Forest biggest indoor zoo exhibit in UK Credit: Chester Zoo

It's called Monsoon Forest and it's home to a number of animals and plant species that can be found in South East Asia.

Rhinoceros hornbill Credit: Chester Zoo
Sulawesi macaques Credit: Chester Zoo

It’s home to a number of animal and plant species that can be found in South East Asia - Sulawesi crested macaques, Sunda gharial crocodiles, tortoises, turtles, fish, hornbill, various inverts and tentacled snakes.

Tortoise Credit: Chester Zoo

Lots of the species are highly threatened in the wild so it’s trying to put a spotlight on endangered species in that part of the world. Chester Zoo is the only place in the UK where you can see many of them. It’s part of the zoo’s £40m Islands project

Another new resident at Chester Zoo Credit: Chester Zoo
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