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Prague Zoo donates 3 baby pelicans to British Queen

29 November 2012

Prague, Nov 28 (CTK) - The Prague Zoological Garden will donate three Great White Pelican baby birds, which hatched there in the spring, to British Queen Elizabeth II, Michal Stastny, from the zoo's press section, told CTK yesterday.

The Prague zoo sent six pelicans to London in the past, he recalled.

"The cooperation with the (British) Royal palace is naturally a great honour to us, especially since it has become a tradition," Prague Zoo director Miroslav Bobek said.

"Six pelicans from Prague have already pleased the British Queen and millions of tourists visiting London since the mid-1990s," he added.

Two female pelicans and one male that are to travel to London hatched at the Prague zoo in April and July. They are siblings.

Their parents were born in Prague in 1991 being the second and third pelicans to be successfully bred at the Prague zoo.

The Great White Pelican belongs to the Pelecaniformes order of medium-size and large waterbirds. Their short strong legs and webbed feet are well adapted for swimming.

They are characterised by a long beak and a large throat pouch. It is used for catching the prey and draining water before swallowing it.

White pelicans change colour into light pink during the courtship season.

The Prague Zoo has already succeeded in breeding over 120 pelican young. Apart from great white pelicans, Dalmatian and spot-billed pelicans are kept there.

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