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08/07/2007 09:31 PM ID: 64076 Permalink   

British Floods Bring Frogmouth Chicks after 9 Years of Childlessness


While some were forced to leave their houses and many grumbled about the recent rainfall and floods in the UK, 2 feathered London Zoo residents seem to have benefited from it and finally made an offspring after a 9-year wait.

Rita and Tig, the 2 female Tawny Frogmouths, laid 2 eggs on the same day after a rainy weekend. The eggs hatched into healthy chicks, which staff named Thunder and Storm. The 2 birds are kept in separate enclosures, which are yards apart.

The Australian birds are known to lay their eggs right after the monsoon season to ensure that the chicks will have ample insects on which to feed. Senior bird keeper Adrian Walls said they “didn't think the wet weather would have such a surprising result."

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  Holy cheese!  
The critters are back!
  by: vasi   08/07/2007 11:35 PM     
  Thats really fascinating  
Who knows, this may aid in breeding animals in captivity in the future.
  by: seniorgato     08/07/2007 11:41 PM     
If i knew the birds laid eggs after monsoon season I dont think i would have thought "didn't think the wet weather would have such a surprising result."
I'd have been more suprised if it hadn't.
  by: cherubgirl     08/08/2007 06:44 PM     
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