World's rarest duck breeds successfully in captivity, giving birth to 18 adorable fuzzy chicks

Pandas might not find it easy, but after an anxious wait, the world’s rarest duck has bred successfully in captivity.

Eighteen beautiful fuzzy chicks hatched - in a significant moment that could save the Madagascar pochard from extinction.

The species was believed to have been extinct until its rediscovery by chance on a single small lake in northern Madagascar, where just 22 of the cinnamon-coloured diving duck are left in the wild. Conservationists said the species remains extremely vulnerable to extinction from single events such as pollution or disease outbreak. An emergency expedition two years ago saw eggs taken from the wild and reared in captivity at a specially built centre in Antsohihy on the island off the coast of Africa.


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