First Eurasian crane chick born at Highland Wildlife Park

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The first ever Eurasian crane chick to be born at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Highland Wildlife Park, near Aviemore, has been out and about last week.

The now one-month-old chick hatched on Tuesday June 11 to parents Leela and Hugh following around 30 days of incubation on the nest.

Vickie Larkin, Highland Wildlife Park senior animal keeper, said: ‘We were really excited to welcome our Eurasian crane chick as it is the first one ever to be born at Highland Wildlife Park.

‘After hatching in June, the chick is growing fast and will be named once we find out the sex by testing its feathers.’

Leela and Hugh were introduced at Highland Wildlife Park and laid an egg for the first time in 2018 but it did not hatch.

The chick will fledge at around two to three months old and take up to four years to mature.

Eurasian crane breeding pairs are monogamous and courtship involves coordinated calls and dancing displays.