Some of the Garden's newest tenants are youngsters that were hatched or born here. In mid-July several Mandarin ducks hatched, and will later take part in Dr. Gal Ribak's research on the “biomechanics and energetic cost of swimming in water birds”; the two little bittern chicks, which hatched in the thicket aviary, are maturing; of the two eggs we found in the stork's nest, which they built in the middle of the main grass, two chicks hatched but only one survived. He has grown up and is already flying in increasing circles above the main grass. Maybe one day he will decide to leave us and join a flock of wild stork. Last but not least, our fennec foxes have produced several young and cute cubs. 

young herons and mandarin ducks

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