World's rarest ducklings Madagascan pochards hatch
Saturday, April 07 2012 @ 12:33 PM EDT
Contributed by: jkr
Eighteen Madagascan pochards - the world's most endangered duck - have hatched in a captive breeding centre.
This brings the world population of the ducks to just 60.
The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, the groups leading the captive breeding programme, say this "builds hope that the bird can be saved from extinction".
The precious pochards are being reared at a specially built centre in Antsohihy, Madagascar.
The ducks were thought to have become extinct in the late 1990s....