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Easter egg joy after sea eagle hatches

AN IRISH wildlife park is celebrating the perfect Easter egg opening -- with the birth of a chick to their endangered white tailed sea eagles.

Fota Wildlife Park director Sean McKeown said he was delighted with the new arrival, which marks the end of a remarkable month for the Cork facility.

Earlier this month, Fota celebrated the arrival of their biggest ever giraffe -- and then President Mary McAleese opened their impressive new €4m entrance and education complex.

Yesterday, Fota staff said it would be some weeks before they could confirm the sex of the sea eagle chick.

Only then will they be able to decide on a name -- which will most likely be picked following a public competition.

"There were two eggs and we knew roughly the day it was going to hatch," Mr McKeown said.

"But when it actually hatches it is fantastic. We've been waiting around for five weeks.

"It is a fantastic end product," he said.

Irish Independent