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Two hatchlings of Dalmatian Pelican who strayed from the flock flying across Siberia, have been accommodated in the Novosibirsk zoo
Two hatchlings of Dalmatian Pelican who strayed from the flock flying across Siberia, have been accommodated in the Novosibirsk zoo, the largest in Asian Russia. According to the zoo personnel, the hatchlings of this extinct species included in the Endangered Species Book were found in the Linevo village outside Novosibirsk in mid-October. A local resident noticed the unusual appearance of the birds who had long necks and enormous beaks. The man first sheltered the birds at his place and then passed them over to the Novosibirsk zoo. According to the zoo workers, the hatchlings must be six months old and must have strayed from the flock during a long-distance flight to southern countries. According to Tatiana Petukhova, head of the bird section in the zoo, the pelicans could have died, as they were unable to continue flying to warmer countries and therefore would not have survived the cold Siberian winter. "The hatchlings' condition is normal, they take food from hands," said Petukhova. In her words, the pelicans are fed with their favourite fish that they permanently demand. Experts believe that the hatchlings can hardly be released back into the wild, because they will soon get used to human care and will not survive on their own. The zoo already has Dalmatian Pelicans but the personnel are happy to welcome the newcomers who, however, have already caused some problems. When the hatchlings were brought into the zoo, they were placed into an open-air cage with other birds. Despite their young age, the pelicans began to attack some species, and the zoo workers had to provide them with a separate accommodation.
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