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Toucan needs mate to share a love nest.

TOUCAN play at that game - a lonely bird at Dudley Zoo is on the lookout for love.

One of the largest toucans in the world has relocated to the zoo and now wants a mate.

The female Toco toucan, who joined the zoo midsummer, has now completed quarantine and has gone on display to the public.

Curator Matt Lewis said: "Tocos are the largest species of toucans in the world and the zoo is part of a major international breeding programme for this highly-endangered bird.

"We are currently awaiting the studbook keeper's recommendations to find a mate for her.

"She has laid eggs in the past and we are very hopeful we will be able to breed this rare species at Dudley."

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Oct 6, 2007
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