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Ugliest baby bird in the world taken on by zooRex

This baby Kea parrot may be the best looking of fellas (in fact, he has already been labelled the ugliest bird in the world by many newspapers today). But spare him some sympathy: he was rejected by his mum as soon as he hatched and is now being cared for by staff at a zoo in Germany.

Nelson spent the first four weeks of his life in an incubator as the only one of three eggs laid by his mother to hatch. He was promptly rejected by both his parents, and zookeepers at Bergzoo, Halle, had to step in sharpish to keep him alive, giving him around-the-clock care.

Ugliest baby bird in the world taken on by zooRex

Keas, which are native to New Zealand, and are known for their intelligence and curiosity - and they don't stay ugly for long. Below below is a picture of an adult Kea at the zoo. It's distinguished by a striking green colour and a bright orange under its wings when it flies.


Ugliest baby bird in the world taken on by zooRex

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