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Bermuda hatchling brings hope for rare species

A FUZZY fledgling of Bermuda's national bird, spotted on a secluded offshore sanctuary this week, may help bring the rare creature back from the brink of extinction.

The baby bird - found nestled in an artificial concrete burrow on protected Nonsuch Island by scientists - is the first recorded Bermuda petrel chick seen on the 6-hectare site for centuries, Bermuda's Department of Conservation said on Thursday.

Just 300 of the endangered birds, commonly known as Cahows, exist in and around Bermuda. They breed nowhere else in the world.

Jeremy Madeiros, who has been overseeing efforts to revive the bird species for nine years, could barely contain his relief that mating had been successful.

"I'm just beyond thrilled," Madeiros said. "To have a nesting pair produce a chick so soon is just such a big surprise."

The Cahow lives almost all of its life out on the open ocean, hunting squid, krill and anchovies in the Gulf Stream and beyond, he said. It returns to its Bermuda home only to mate.


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