A duckling belonging to one of the rarest and most endangered species of birds in the world has hatched in Sussex this weekend.
Louis, a baby white-headed duck, was hatched at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) centre in Arundel yesterday (April 28) - but is already being treated as a VIP by the dedicated WWT staff.
After hatching, Louis was sent on his way to the main trust’s main duckery at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre in Gloucestershire , escorted in style by the WWT Arundel Centre Manager Tim McGregor.
Eventually Louis may return to live at WWT Arundel but he will be sporting a big blue bill like his dad who lives in the Reed Swamp exhibit at Arundel Wetland Centre with other ducks from Kazakhstan, Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan.
WWT Arundel Wetland Centre cares for over 40 species of rare wildfowl from around the world in their Living Collection. The centre also has eight wildlife hides to watch British birds from, a SSSI reedbed which is one of the largest in Sussex and runs guided wetland discovery boat safaris through wetland habitats. Arundel Wetland Centre is open seven days a week from 9.30am-5.30pm, located at BN18 9PB.
Visit wwt.org.uk/arundel for more information.