Notice! Care2 will go offline for site maintenance July 28 at 9pm PST. Thanks
START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x
3,340,437 people care about Animal Welfare

Adorable Ducklings Offer Hope for the World’s Rarest Bird (Video)

Adorable Ducklings Offer Hope for the World’s Rarest Bird (Video)

Written by Stephen Messenger

With a wild population which stands at around 22 individuals, Madagascar Pochards are believed to be the most critically endangered bird in the world. But thanks to the recent hatching of 18 adorable young hatchlings in captivity, conservationists are hopeful that this species of duck can be brought back from the edge of extinction.

Although these ducks were once common throughout Madagascar, decades of habitat loss and the predation of invasive species, they were believed to have been wiped out entirely by the early 1990s. But when a small group of less than two dozen was rediscovered clinging to survival along the shores of a remote lake in 2006, biologists from the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) set about trying to revive their numbers.

And now, for the very first time, those endangered Madagascar Pochards have successfully bred in captivity — producing a batch of offspring that nearly doubles their numbers in the wild.

Did I mention they’re adorable?

Researchers studying this newfound population observed a troublingly high mortality rate among ducklings due to a high level of competition among adults to find food in the birds’ now limited haven. But with this first fruitful attempt at breeding them in captivity, the rare species’ chances for survival are far improved.

This post was originally published by TreeHugger.

 

Read more: , , , ,

Photo: Frank.Vassen/flickr

have you shared this story yet?

some of the best people we know are doing it

135 comments

+ add your own
12:13PM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

adorable-may his tribe increase

6:12AM PDT on Jun 10, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

2:07AM PDT on May 25, 2013

Oh, he's so adorable! I sure hope they can get their numbers up. It would be a shame if they become extinct.

6:36AM PDT on May 19, 2013

This is great! Thanks.

6:10PM PDT on May 15, 2013

Very encouraging and hopeful future for these duckies.!!!

6:33AM PDT on May 3, 2013

Thank you TreeHugger, for Sharing this!

6:08AM PDT on May 2, 2013

wonderful, I hope this can be done in the future for other species too

4:36PM PDT on Apr 28, 2013

Great that we have a chance to bring them back. Hope this time, we do better by them.

11:37AM PDT on Apr 26, 2013

"I am forever appalled by the way we humans tame and treat animals for our own selfish ends. In the final analysis this arrogance that we display towards "lesser" life and towards nature is going to recoil on us. I am convinced that the deterioration in our humanity is directly related to our abuse of life and nature." {author unknown}

10:01AM PDT on Apr 26, 2013

Thanks.

add your comment



Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

ads keep care2 free

Recent Comments from Causes

With some exceptions, there is no dumber nor destructive species than the human race, especially so when…

The London Zoo gets no funds from the government so has to essentially whore itself and their animals…

Don...what an awesome rescue you pulled off...and some very good people in the general crowd, doing what…

Story idea? Want to blog? Contact the editors!
ads keep care2 free

more from causes

Animal Welfare

Causes Canada

Causes UK

Children

Civil Rights

Education

Endangered Wildlife

Environment & Wildlife

Global Development

Global Warming

Health Policy

Human Rights

LGBT rights

Politics

Real Food

Trailblazers For Good

Women's Rights




Select names from your address book   |   Help
   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.