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Walton Hall’s Christmas miracle

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Walton Hall zoo has some new additions after eight tiny ducklings were rescued.

The ducklings along with their mother were discovered in the children’s zoo by Walton Hall’s zoo ranger Peter Cookson-Dean.

The mild weather had confused the mother and led her to believe it was spring, resulting in her hatching her babies early. If the ducklings hadn’t been discovered they wouldn’t have survived.

The ducklings are being kept in a special brooding box which is heated to keep them warm and dry. All eight are doing well and are expected to survive. The public will be able to visit the rescued ducklings once they are old enough in the New Year.

Peter said ““Walton Hall zoo is well known for providing the perfect home for all kinds of animals and I’m really pleased that we have welcomed these new arrivals.

We’ll be keeping the ducklings at Walton gardens children’s zoo until spring. They will then be released back into the wild, up near Appleton.

“I was surprised to find the ducklings as it’s not the season for them but its’s lucky I did as they wouldn’t have survived this cold winter weather. It really is a Christmas miracle!”

You can find out more about everything on offer at Walton Hall & Gardens – including the children’s zoo, outdoor activities and the fourth coming festive film festival – by visiting waltonhallgardens.co.uk 

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