Name our storks

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

THE Wildlife Habi­tat has reared two baby black-necked storks and is call­ing on the pub­lic to name them.

Their par­ents are called James and Jaddy, so the com­pe­ti­tion is to find two names start­ing with J for the six-month-old chicks.

So far Jake and Jack have been the most pop­u­lar names en­tered but the Habi­tat is keen to hear some more unique and un­usual names.

Sales and mar­ket­ing man­ager Narelle Cson­tos said they will not know the sex of the chicks for a few months but their sizes and char­ac­ter­is­tics sug­gest one is fe­male and the other a male.

‘‘Later this year they are go­ing to go to an­other zoo as part of our con­tin­ued ef­fort to breed the species,’’ she said.

‘‘We are the only zoo in the world which has suc­cess­fully bred black-necked storks so it’s quite im­por­tant what we do here.

‘‘And we would like to send them to a new zoo with names.’’

Once grown, the black-necked stalks will have a black and white metal­lic sheen on their head and necks and bright red legs.

‘‘Black-necked storks soar high in the sky quite ef­fort­lessly, they stalk for food, they are hunters of mainly fish, crus­taceans and am­phib­ians,’’ Ms Cson­tos said.

‘‘ They live in wet­lands or swampy ar­eas like man­groves or mud­flats.’’

The win­ner of the nam­ing com­pe­ti­tion will re­ceive an an­nual fam­ily pass to the Wildlife Habi­tat and en­tried need to be in by May 29, win­ner an­nounced on June 1.

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