Jersey

Rare pink pigeon born at Jersey wildlife park

A newborn pink pigeon Image copyright Harriet Whitford/Durrell Wildlife Trust
Image caption The newborn pink pigeon has been named Laurie

The 70th pink pigeon in captivity has been born at a Jersey wildlife park, conservationists have said.

Laurie's egg was found abandoned several days before it hatched at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.

Numbers of the endangered species native to Mauritius have risen from about 12 to 470 over the last thirty years, due to intensive management of the wild population.

The bird keeping staff said they were "delighted" with the birth.

The sex of the bird will not be known for another month.

Image copyright Harriet Whitford/Durrell Wildlife Trust
Image caption Gerald Durrell captured pink pigeons for the first captive breeding programme in 1976
Image copyright Harriet Whitford/Durrell Wildlife Trust
Image caption Pink pigeons belong to the same family as the dodo, which was wiped out in the 17th century

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