Friday 24 March 2017

Zoo arrivals in cuddly coalition

London Zoo worker Adrian Walls with two 11-day-old hooded pitta chicks named Cameron and Clegg
London Zoo worker Adrian Walls with two 11-day-old hooded pitta chicks named Cameron and Clegg
The chicks, named Cameron and Clegg, are being hand-reared after their mother tried to eat them

They have formed a cuddly coalition in a bid to avoid feathers flying.

Meet Clegg and Cameron, the 11-day-old hooded pitta chicks being hand-reared at London Zoo.

And like their namesakes, the pair have pulled together under difficult times. They were rescued by zoo worker Adrian Walls after their mother tried to eat them.

A zoo spokeswoman said: "We thought Cameron and Clegg seemed like apt names. We initially had to keep them apart but now they are getting along fine - rather like the PM and his deputy.

"Adrian has become a bit of a surrogate dad, coming in early and staying late at the zoo to feed them.

"They live in a little incubator but Adrian is able to handle them."

The hooded pitta is a member of the passerine family, common in wooded areas across eastern and south-eastern Asia.

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