Baby Harris hawk born at Leeds Castle

Emily Chudy
Wednesday 12 May 2021 19:07
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Baby Harris hawk 'Gallo' (Leeds Castle/PA)

A baby Harris hawk has been born at Leeds Castle in Kent with staff describing the arrival as a “ball of fluff”.

The baby hawk has been named Gallo, and is the result of a successful bird of prey breeding programme between mother Texas and father Keye.

Head falconer at the castle, Hannah James, said: “We retired my beloved Keye and Texas together in an environment where we hoped they would be comfortable enough to breed.

“Myself and the team are over the moon with the happy arrival of Gallo and I hope to one day be able to fly him as I have his dad.”

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Father Keye, 21, has been cared for by Ms James since he was three months old, and retired together with Texas, 11, in 2018.

Ms James said: “After three years of waiting and hoping, we were beginning to think the programme was unsuccessful… we had the surprise of our lives when there was movement in the nest.

“Texas had got up to feed, revealing a tiny little ball of fluff! There it was trying to sit up in the nest, no control over his little head, wobbling around trying to see what’s going on.

“We are delighted and can’t wait to introduce little Gallo to visitors later this year.”

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